The new iPad 5 will be both thinner and lighter than the iPad 4 and look just like an iPad mini, according to a note issued by KGI Securities Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo.
Kuo’s research notes claims that mass-production of the iPad 5 will ramp up around August-September, putting it on track for a launch date usually reserved for the iPhone.
The rest of the note goes on to look at the iPad 5’s specs. Kuo expects it to be 7.5-8mm thick, making it 15% thinner than the iPad 4 and around 500g, meaning it weighs in at around 25% lighter than its predecessor. This in part, is due to its display and chip technologies which are expected to be more efficient, negating the need for a such a huge battery:
“We therefore think that iPad 5’s battery capacity will be 25-30% smaller, at 8,500-9,000mAh, than iPad 4’s, and the battery’s thickness will be 15-20% smaller, at 7.5-8.0mm, and the number of cells will be reduced to two from three.”
As for other internal specs, Kuo claims that the iPad 5 will run a Samsung-designed A7x chip (contrary to earlier rumours that Apple is reported to be moving away from the South Korean company) and will have cameras with similar specs to the iPad 4.