Full Size Tablet: A Lighter Full-Size Apple iPad Coming Soon?

Full Size Tablet: Most people agree that the Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) full-size iPad is already pretty light and thin. Of course, Apple never leaves a stone unturned. If there is a way to make its tablet lighter and thinner, you can be rest assured they will consider every possible option.

Recent reports state that the fifth-generation full-size Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) iPad is going to eliminate some excess weight with a redesign expected sometime in 2013.

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According to KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo and reported by AppleInsider, “The next 9.7-inch iPad is expected to borrow design cues from its smaller sibling, the 7.9-inch iPad mini.”

The article goes on to add that Kuo “expects the fifth-generation iPad to be “significantly lighter and slimmer” than the design featured in the third- and fourth-generation models.”

Earlier today, we published another story with some insight from Kuo:

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As you can see, he is not shy when it comes to discussing the future of Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) while also offering information on what the company’s newest products may entail.

What else does he expect from the fifth-generation tablet? Here is another brief excerpt from the same AppleInsider article:

“Kuo said Apple’s “iPad 5” will feature a narrow border design, similar to the one found on the iPad mini. To compensate for that smaller border, the iPad mini features advanced software that allows the system to ignore unintended touching of the screen during one-handed use.”

Now that you know more about what to expect from the full-size iPad, there is one question that remains: when can we expect the tablet to be released to the public? Here is what Kuo thinks:

“Kuo has forecast Apple to release a new full-size iPad in the third quarter of 2013. That goes against some other recent rumors, which pegged a fifth-generation iPad to launch in March, which would be about six months after the launch of the iPad 4 and would continue with a twice-per-year upgrade cycle.”

While there is no way of knowing for sure if his information and prediction is accurate, we do know that Kuo has correctly predicted product launches in the past. For example, he predicted that Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) would launch a new tablet before the end of 2012. Soon enough (in October), the company released its fourth-generation iPad.

One last bit of information from Kuo:

“Kuo also believes Apple’s 2013 lineup will include an updated iPad mini with a high-resolution Retina display. He expects the next iPad mini to have the same 2,048-by-1,536-pixel resolution as the full-size iPad, which would pack in more pixels per inch on the smaller 7.9-inch screen and would allow developers to write their applications for one shared resolution.”

Do you agree with his predictions, or do you think he is off base? Share your thoughts below.

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