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iPad 5 rumor rollup for the week ending May 23

Apple iPad 5 scuttlebutt: Lighter and less filled, September launches, clearance confusion

By , Network World
May 24, 2013 10:06 AM ET

Network World - The hot air levels rose dramatically in the iOSphere this week on the strength of one laconic, six-paragraph posting about the expected weight of iPad 5.

In case you're wondering, it will be less, as much as a half-pound less if one can believe "sources with Taiwan's supply chain."

Also this week: a mistaken calculation for a September release date for iPad 5; and the fantasy rumor that the April iPad clearance sales that should have paved the way for a spring release of the Next iPads prove that Apple stopped iPad production, somehow ran into a glitch on the Next iPad production, and restarted Current iPad production and now plans to release the Next iPads in July. And Tim Cook is a head-faking dissembler to suggest otherwise.

You read it here second.

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"When Tim Cook said not to expect new products until late 2013, he glossed over two details. July is in the second half of the year, making it technically 'late 2013.' And the iPad 5 and retina iPad mini 2, despite being new generations, aren't technically new product lines."

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iPad 5 will be lighter by 5-8 ounces

In its trademark six-paragraph posting, citing "sources with Taiwan's supply chain," DigiTimes says that a change in display technology for the 9.7-inch iPad 5 will cut its current weight of 23 ounces by one-quarter to one-third.

According to the sources, Apple's manufacturing partners will start trial production of the Next iPad "soon" and "volume production will begin in July."

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If it's 25% lighter, iPad 5 will lose about 5.7 ounces, and end up at 17.28 ounces; if it achieves a 33% weight loss, it will lose 7.6 ounces, and end up at 15.44 ounces.

This may be the first time that specific speculation on a new iPad display has been associated with specific weight reductions. DigiTimes never goes into detail about the nature of its sources or provides any information to bolster their credibility. Of course, these sources may simply have read iOSphere accounts about almost exactly the same claim -- put forth in April -- by KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. As reported by MacRumors, Kuo said he expects the iPad 5 to be "roughly 15% thinner and 25% lighter than the current full-size iPad," and manufacturing to ramp up in late summer.

But the main technology core of this rumor has been circulating for far longer. Essentially, the rumor says that Apple will introduce on the next full-size iPad the display technology innovations it used for the original iPad mini, launched in fall 2012.

Those innovations, though separately small, would add up in reducing weight and possibly thickness. As many have speculated for eight to 12 months at least, the DigiTimes post claims that the Retina display of iPad 5 will have a glass substrate 0.2 mm thinner than the current 0.25 mm substrate for the fourth-generation tablet announced last fall.

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