AppleInsider reports today on a new story from DigiTimes that says that it has heard from its sources in Apple’s supply chain that the next full-sized iPad will have “G/F2 (DITO) thin-film type” touchscreen tech. According to the sources, this is because this tech will enable Apple to make the iPad 5 much thinner and lighter than the fourth-gen iPad, which uses glass-on-glass tech. AppleInsider says that Apple has apparently already ensured that it has a solid enough supply of the tech, having approached Nitto in Japan to provide the thin-film required for the technology, Nissha Printing for the touchscreen modules, TPK in Taiwan for lamination, and LG Display and Sharp for the display panels. DigiTimes says that working together, this team should be able to supply 5 million units each month. As AppleInsider notes, this is not the first time that Apple has been rumoured to be thinking of using G/F2 touchscreen tech, with KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo saying last year that Apple would be using G/F2 tech in its next full-screen iPad, which would result in a much thinner and lighter tablet.
Source: Rumor: 'G/F2' touchscreen will make Apple's next 9.7" iPad thinner, lighter