Patent suggests even slimmer iPhone 5 and iPad 2
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.