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) long-awaited iPad upgrade is expected to be one of the lightest
and thinnest tablets of its kind.
, the fifth-generation iPad will use GF2 touch screen technology,
which will allow Apple to build a lighter and thinner tablet.
TPK and GIS will reportedly supply the GF2 technology to Apple.
(OTCMKTS:SSNLF) are expected to build the Retina Display for the
Sharp and LG Display are also expected to provide the panels for
Apple is reportedly undecided about whether it should use Oxide TFT
(thin-film-transistor) or LTPS (low-temperature polycrystalline
silicon) technology within the display of the second-generation
iPad Mini. Sharp is expected to use Oxide TFT because it is
believed to consume less power. LG and Samsung are planning to use
LTPS because they do not think that Oxide TFTs will allow for a
significant decline in power consumption.
The DigiTimes report also stated that LG has not finalized its
pricing agreement with Apple for Oxide TFTs, and that Samsung "does
not have a significant amount of capacity for Oxide TFT." This
could be another reason why the two companies are leaning toward
Interestingly, it seems that sales -- not price -- may be a greater
factor in whether or not a Retina Display is added to the iPad
Mini. Apple is reportedly afraid that if it brings the Retina
Display to the smaller tablet, it will make consumers less
interested in the full-size model.
quarterly sales figures
) prove that consumers are already willing to leave behind the
expensive 9.7-inch iPad for its cheaper little brother. By giving
them one more reason to buy the Mini, full-size iPad customers
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