The new iPad is a fantastic piece of hardware. This is not only our summation but most tech pundits agree with this. Having said that, the new iPad broke a legendary Jobsian maxim. New models always get slimmer and lighter. And the new iPad is both slightly thicker and heavier than the iPad 2. CNET, yesterday filed a report which says that the design of the new iPad was plan B as Apple had plans for a thinner redesigned iPad. Also Read - Apple introduces iOS 12.5.4 with major security updates: Is your iPhone on the list?
The report quotes Raymond Soneira, founder, president and CEO of DisplayMate Technologies. He says that Apple wanted to use a new tech developed by Sharp called IGZO, that allows the transistor elements and circuits to be smaller. The use of this technology would not only have reduced the number of backlights in the display, making it slimmer, but would have also reduced the size of the battery used in the iPad. Also Read - Meet Indian developer who wins Apple Design award for his music app NaadSadhana
Unfortunately, Sharp was not entirely ready with this technology, which forced Apple to use a more traditional amorphous silicon technique for the manufacturing of the display, which did not only add heft to the display assembly, but also needed the larger battery in the iPad. Also Read - iPad Mini for 2021 to ditch fat bezels, could bring along new Apple Pencil Mini