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Apple’s next iPad will likely resemble the iPad mini, and lose some weight and possible some girth thanks to the same touch-panel tech that made the mini so… well, so mini. The Wall Street Journal reports that Apple’s next iPad, which is currently in production with Apple’s supply partners, will use a film-based (vs. a glass-based) touch panel to save on thickness and weight.
It’s not something that should come as much of a surprise: early case design leaks (pictured above) suggested that the next 9.7-inch iPad would inherit the exterior styling of the iPad mini, and possibly go in for not only a thinner case but a thinner bezel and smaller physical footprint as well.
The fourth-generation iPad, and the third-generation device before it, are actually heavier and thicker than the iPad 2, something made necessary by the introduction of the Retina display in those later devices. Shaving weight…
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