Production of the fifth-generation iPad could begin in July, and the gadget will be available in September. Thanks to the use of new technologies a tablet with a screen diagonal of 9.7 inches will be 15% lighter and thinner by 30%, and the design will resemble a 7-inch iPad Mini.
Tablets show the highest increase in sales, but consumers have begun to lose confidence in the US-based gadgets – iPhone satisfaction decreased by 2% this year.
According to unofficial information, the iPad 5′s design will resemble a 7-inch iPad Mini – a smaller version of the traditional size iPad, which was presented at the end of October 2012.
The gadget will get Retina display with a resolution of 2048 x 1536 pixels – these displays are used for the production of the fourth-generation iPad. Tablet screen will also have a smaller number of LEDs for illumination.
Among the display suppliers for a new Apple’s tablet are LG Display, Samsung Display and Sharp. LED panel will supply Taiwan Surface Mounting Technology. Elements for illumination will produce Radiant Opto-Electronics and Coretronic and some other popular developers, and touch panels – TPK Holding.
The touchpad in the fifth-generation iPad will be made using the technology of GF2, which allows to produce devices with a single layer of glass, not two, as is done with technology GG, which was used to create the fourth version of the iPad. The new gadget battery capacity is 9000 mAh, which is lower than previously used, to 25%. Presumably, the next iPad will have a new quad-core A7X.
According to some sources and publications, in the end iPad 5 will be 15% thinner and lighter than the 25-33% of the fourth-generation iPad. The weight of the current model iPad – 662 grams with the feature of transmitting data over the cellular network and 652 grams without this feature.
Previously, it was also reported that the new version is smaller than gadget traditional version 4 mm in height, 17 mm width and 2 mm depth. Memory on the device will be from 16 to 128 GB. Resolution of the back camera tablet will be 5.8 megapixel, front – 1.3 megapixels.
In this frame on the sides of the display will be thinner, thus increasing its size. The color scheme of the device remains the same – the model will be available in white and black version.
The cost of the gadget can be $ 499 for a model with 16 GB of memory.
Sales of tablet computers Apple showed the highest growth at the end of 2012 – up 49%, to 22.9 million units. IPhone smartphone sales increased by 29%, to 47.8 million units. Sales of computers and music players show a decrease. Total sales growth in the last year by 18% – to $ 54.5 billion, below analysts’ forecasts.
According to unofficial information, in summer corporation may present a new version of the smartphone iPhone 5S, and another, a budget version of the mobile device.
However, according to the U.S. Consumer Satisfaction Index (ACSI), user satisfaction from Apple smartphones drops. According to the report, user satisfaction has declined by 2% – from 83 points in 2012 to 81 points in 2013. This increases user confidence in mobile devices such as from Samsung, Motorola and Nokia. For example, user satisfaction smartphones from Samsung increased by 7% to 76 points, Motorola rose 5%, to 77 points, at Nokia – 1%, to 76 points.
Shares of the corporation at the close of trading on Monday, cost $ 442.93 per share, the company’s market capitalization was $ 415.76 billion Apple shares since the beginning of the year fell by 19.32%.