By Stephen Schenck | October 24, 2012 4:30 PM
News of the iPad mini and fourth-generation big iPad is still fresh on our minds, but industry analysts are already looking to the future. If learning about a new iPad just seven months after the last one has you concerned that there could be another new version just around the corner, you might want to give some thought to these rumors about a new, thinner iPad.
Claims that Apple could be looking to thin-down the 9.7-inch iPad do make a good deal of sense. After all, the iPad mini shows that Apple is clearly able to deliver a tablet that’s just 7.2 millimeters thick, so why not bring the same kind of thin design to the 9.4-mm-thick full-sized iPad?
Specifically, these rumors discuss the possibility of Apple using “GF Dito” or “GF2″ technology to manufacture the tablet’s display, letting it arrive thinner than is possible with the current fabrication techniques in use. If Apple were to go down that road, the thinking is that the company could have these new, thinner iPads ready to go by spring 2013.
When we talked about the iPad mini yesterday, some of you expressed concern that 7.2 millimeters was already too thin for a tablet. Would you feel any differently about a tablet that thick if it was the size of a 9.7-inch iPad?