iPad 5 May be Thinner Thanks to Trimmer LED Backlight

iPad 5 May be Thinner Thanks to Trimmer LED Backlight

Apple’s iPad 5 is likely to sport a thinner LED backlight, which could get it closer to the iPad 2 in thickness and weight, says a report from CNET Friday.



The iPad 5 might jettison grams and millimeters via a redesigned LED backlight apparatus, according to NPD DisplaySearch.

“It’s likely that part of the thinner/lighter design will be reducing the size of the LED backlight, partly by making the display more efficient and partly by using more efficient LEDs,” said Paul Semenza, an analyst at NPD DisplaySearch, in an e-mail to CNET.

Semenza also expects other modifications to reduce the device’s thickness, saying: “”The other significant change that we feel is likely is a shift to a film-based touch sensor.”

Semenza also added that it’s still up in the air as to whether Apple will change the display technology on the tablet, making use of technology such as IGZO. (┬áIndium gallium zinc oxide.)

Third and fourth-generation iPads gained bit of thickness over their iPad 2 siblings due mostly to the technologies required to support the Retina display.