Analyst: Surface Could Mean Slimmer iPad for Early 2013

Despite the fact that Apple announced a fourth-generation iPad (and an iPad Mini) just seven months after the iPad 3 launched, the firm may already be working on a thinner, lighter model for launch early next year.

According to Ming-Chi Kuo, an analyst for KGI Securities, the iPad 4 and iPad Mini may not be enough to beat competition stemming from Microsoft's hotly anticipated Surface tablet. Kuo wrote in a note to investors that due to the threat Surface poses, Apple could be pressured into launching a lighter and thinner model of the 9.7-inch iPad.


"Though the iPad mini is expected to be successful, we think launching the lighter, thinner 9.7-inch iPad as quickly as possible matters more for Apple strategically," Kuo said.

The analyst expects Apple to integrate "GF DITO" (otherwise known as GF2) touchscreen technology into the new iPad. The iPad Mini already utilizes GF2, with the tech contributing to the slate's 23 percent thinner and 53 percent lighter body when compared the iPad 4.

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  • cknobman
    So WTF is thinner and lighter going to do for the iPad in regards to competing with Surface??

    It will still have a chump smartphone OS on it that has about 1/3 the potential capabilities as Windows 8/RT.
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  • jakes69
    I don't get thinner and lighter is better thinking. Too light make it looks cheap. I like to hold on a device that feels sturdy.
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  • d_kuhn
    Competition is good... Apple seems to have gotten lazy lately, iPhone 5 that's basically an iPhone 4t, ipad mini that's not really bringing new capabilities to the table. Android has been out-innovating them lately, and while they've still got great LOOKING products... they need to pick up their game.
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  • cknobman
    So WTF is thinner and lighter going to do for the iPad in regards to competing with Surface??

    It will still have a chump smartphone OS on it that has about 1/3 the potential capabilities as Windows 8/RT.
    15
  • jakes69
    I don't get thinner and lighter is better thinking. Too light make it looks cheap. I like to hold on a device that feels sturdy.
    10
  • d_kuhn
    Competition is good... Apple seems to have gotten lazy lately, iPhone 5 that's basically an iPhone 4t, ipad mini that's not really bringing new capabilities to the table. Android has been out-innovating them lately, and while they've still got great LOOKING products... they need to pick up their game.
    10