The release of Apple's rumoured smaller iPad is not a question of "if" but rather, "when." According to recent information, Apple might employ thin-film touch technology for the device.
Tech writers have agreed that Apple is going to introduce a more affordable 7.85 in iPad with a price tag of just under $300. The device is expected to make its appearance sometime before the end of this year.
The favoured name for the device is "iPad mini," but undoubtedly, Apple has its own plans on this matter. The latest rumours on the subject come from DigiTimes and its anonymous industry sources, usually from Apple's supply chain.
The Taiwanese website believes Apple is going to employ G/F2 thin-film touch technology for the iPad mini. The iPad maker will rely on "Nitto supplying the key thin-film materials, and Nissha Printing and TPK producing the touch screens," says the report.
Moving to G/F2 will allow Apple to kill two birds with one stone. First, the device will be thinner than the current iPad models and secondly, Apple will save money on materials - allowing the device to be more affordable and compete in a different market.