Wednesday, May 18, 2016

New photos of iPad 5 front panel surface, again show thinner bezels

Back in April, apair of photossurfaced showing what was claimed to be a white front panel from 's fifth-eration iPad, showing narrower side bezels as had been rumored as part of a redesign inspired by the iPad mini. Abrief that surfaced over this past weekend also appred to show the next-eration iPad's front panel and digitizer paired with a rr shell.

Now, anew listingat parts and repair firm Macfixit Australia includes a of photos of a similar part, which the company's supplier says is a uine front panel and digitizer for the fifth-eration iPad.

The part shows the same narrower side bezels seen in previous s, as well as a pair of flex cables running along one of the long edges of the panel and ending in connectors in roughly the same loion seen on both the current iPad and in the photo from last weekend. The connectors are different from those seen in current and previous full-size iPads, but has been rumored to be making a of technological changes in order to achieve the smaller form factor expected for the upcoming iPad, revisions which could necessitate a significant change in connector design.
Our supplier claims this is the new iPad 5 Screen/Digitizer:

- The display ar is the same as the iPad Retina.

- The edges of the frame are narrower using the same style as the iPad mini.

- The ITO (Indium tin oxide) is the same as the iPad mini.

- There is now 2 connectors instd of 1.

- The connectors have been changed from FFC (Flat Flexible Cable, like the iPad 2/3/4) to FPC (Flexible Printed Circuits, like the iPhone 4/5).Stamped on the front panel is a part of 821-1892-02, which matches the format used by on many of its iOS device components.

is expected to introduce the fifth-eration iPadas soon as next month, with an updated iPad mini rumored to befollowing fairly soon after.

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