Patent suggests even slimmer iPhone 5 and iPad 2

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Posted January 19, 2011 by Stuff Staff in News

If there’s one thing we enjoy more than reading rumours from ‘insider sources’ it’s scouring Apple patents for possible clues to its next product launch. And fresh from the US Patent office this morning, papers that suggest the next iPhone 5 and soon-to-be iPad 2 will be even slimmer.

The patents, unearthed by Apple Insider, show the use of smaller conductive nodes beneath the screens of both iDevices. It would make the iPhone 5 and iPad 2 better in the battery department, as well as letting the devices slim down even more.

Traditional touch panels have conductive nodes on the actual screens, while these patents suggest new nodes on a surface directly opposite the touch panel. Having the two surfaces separate would reduce the amount of hardware needed in the touch panel, thereby making the device slimmer.

What do you think? Are we in for a new generation of sleeker, slimmer and sexier Apple gadgets? Let us know in the comments below.


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4 Comments


  1.  
    Sheri

    I just wanna know what it looks like, and for them to hurry up!! my upgrade is soon and I need a new phone and to be honest I think I’m going to have to wait a while for the iphone 5!! It better be worth the wait!! :) hopefully!! *crosses fingers* oh yeh and the better life better be as good as they say its gonna be!




  2.  
    Sheri

    oops I meant *Battery Life!!




  3.  
    John Berggren

    I too am hoping for a major upgrade with iPhone 5. My upgrade window starts in April, and I’m hoping for big things in June to get through the wait. It’s harder for me since Apple hobbled my Iphone 3G and has never attempted to acknowledge or fix.

    I’m hoping iPhone 5 has N based wireless, and higher definition video recording.




  4.  
    stone

    Maybe the slim ipad 2 can use as a proof to cook’s words “big and heavy and expensive”. Since apple is so successful, app creators like ifunia pour all their energy to follow it, for example ifunia creat a free youtube downloader for mac users and keep updating it, right now you can use it to download videos from Metacafe,Break,Revver,Blip besides youtube(the updated it today).





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