iPad rumors have been rare for months, but April showers seemed to have caused them to burst into bloom.
Photos and a stock analyst's rather unsurprising predictions gave the iOSphere an unexpected thrill: actual rumors about the next generation iPads, whether you call them iPad 6 or iPad Air 2 or iPad mini with Retina 2, or as we'd prefer for simplicity's sake, "iPad 2014."
A Dutch site received Chinese photos that English speakers replicated eagerly, purporting to show the "integrated display" for the next 9.7-inch iPad.
And the fecund mind of KGI Securities stock analyst Ming Chi Kuo, with a single recent Note To Investors, fueled multiple rumors and speculations about Touch ID, the A8 chip, and more, even though he didn't say anything really new about any of them.
You read it here second.
iPad Air 2 to have "integrated display"
"You can hardly imagine, but it seems that the next generation iPad is even a little thinner than the iPad Air," begins the rather breathless post. "This can be deduced from China leaked photos of a new iPad screen that OMT has received."
The iOSphere went rather gaga, because this is one of the few Next Generation iPad rumors that have surfaced in recent months and didn't depend on a single Note To Investors by Ming Chi Kuo, stock analyst with KGI Securities.
The term "integrated display" seems to be a reference to what's called in-cell technology; that is embedding the touch sensors within the cell of the underlying LCD display. Conventionally, the touch sensor and display are two discreet layered assemblies one atop the other. In-cell makes for a thinner, possibly lighter unit, with fewer layers and hence with less reflectance, and with greater brightness.
Apple uses in-cell technology for the iPhone 5 and 5s (and 5c) but hasn't used it in either the iPad or the iPad mini.
This photo is getting a lot of play in the iOSphere. You're looking at what seems to be the "back" of the alleged iPad's display assembly, without the outer, rear aluminum case. On the other side is the familiar iPad front bezel and the glass front of the screen. OMT says the photos came from a Chinese company that supplies components to some other companies in the Apple supply chain.
That's not much of a recommendation: We could be looking at a prototype that didn't make the final cut and ended up in the scrap bin. But OMT did show the photos to iRepair4u, described as an "iOS repair from Bladel with experience in import of spare parts for iPhones and iPads. According to "experts of the company," the photo shows "almost certainly an authentic iPad screen...."
Sign up for Computerworld eNewsletters.