A new rumor out from Digitimes says that the next-gen iPad will go into full-scale production by July/August. The report is clear about what the device is and what the status of the production will be. However, it also raises some concern about the volume production rate as key components (like touch panels).
The report appears to arrive from supply chain sources based out of Taiwan. Here’s the copy verbatim:
Volume production of the fifth-generation 9.7-inch iPad will kick off in July-August 2013, according to sources with Taiwan-based supply chain makers. Yield rates for key components, especially touch panels, will be a major concern for smooth production.
If the volume production starts in July/August, the iPad 5 release date would very much be poised for October provided the production doesn’t run up into delays due to component supplies.
Now if this rumor turns out to be true, all earlier predictions about a late-April announcement (some folks have their eyes set on April 25th even now) would go out the window. However, since the earliest predictions hovered about the March/April time-frame and since that time is fast slipping by, the hopes have actually fallen down.
While the talk of production goes on, it also appears that the display components is going to be supplied by LG and Sharp. The assembly is rumored to be conducted by TPK.
It’s been rumored – and almost taken as granted – that the iPad 5 would have a particularly iPad Mini-inspired design. A lot of mockups already show us how the iPad 5 would look if it came out with thinner bezels and a flatter design. Digitimes reports that too:
The sources pointed out that the new iPad will be thinner and lighter than the fourth-generation one and will adopt a slim bezel design, similar to that of the iPad mini.