Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) will use G/F2 thin-film touch technology for its planned 7.85-inch iPad, rumored to be out by the fourth quarter of this year, industry sources told Digitimes.
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The “iPad Mini” as it’s being dubbed by the press is said to feature the G/F2 technology, which will be supplied by Nitto, while Nissha Printing and TPK will be producing the touch screen, the sources said.
The G/F2 design is cheaper than the current cost of Apple’s tablets, which will help Apple compete with lower-price tablets like those produced by Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN) and Barnes & Noble (NYSE:BKS). The new screen is also expected to help make the iPad Mini thinner than previous iPad models, as it will have on less layer of film that the current G/F/F (glass/film/film) structure, according to sources.
The iPad Mini is also said to be more transparent with good touch sensitivity.
Sources also told Digitimes that 7-10 million units of the iPad Mini may be shipped this year.