All the way back in January, we posted the first photographs of the back shell for the next-generation full-sized iPad with Retina Display. According to these photos, the next 9.7-inch iPad will look like a larger iPad mini, complete with thinner bezels. Since then, videos and some photos of the front panel and digitizer for the future product have also emerged.

Today, a series of new shots have emerged at repair shop MacFixit’s website (via MacRumors) of the front panel and digitizer. The site provides the following tidbits about the part:

– The display area is the same as the iPad Retina.

– The edges of the frame are narrower using the same style as the iPad mini.

– The ITO (Indium tin oxide) is the same as the iPad mini.

– There is now 2 connectors instead of 1.

– The connectors have been changed from FFC (Flat Flexible Cable, like the iPad 2/3/4) to FPC (Flexible Printed Circuits, like the iPhone 4/5).

Recent reports have pointed to the new tablet launching in early September. A full gallery of all the photos are below:

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9 Responses to “New photos of next full-sized iPad’s display panel emerge, again point to thinner bezels [Gallery]”

  1. makeitso1 says:

    What does “- There is now 2 connectors instead of 1.” mean?


  2. an additional connector on the side?
    I’ll be so thrilled for the better docking solutions


    • Stetson says:

      That is talking about the internal connectors that connect the digitizer to the logic board, not another port on the outside of the iPad.


  3. Good to finally see thinner bezels!


    • nelmat says:

      Thinner bezels are a bad thing. At the moment they are perfect when holding the device and typing. Any thinner and you risk unwanted contact with the screen. I don’t understand the obsession with reducing them. If you want a smaller device, get a mini.


      • Stetson says:

        That’s why there are still two large bezels on the top and bottom, and why Apple has been working on filtering out unintended edge touches with the mini.


      • nelmat says:

        The top bezel could be reduce, the bottom also doesn’t make a huge difference. It’s the left and right that are the really important ones, why waste processing power making the device work out when a touch is not a touch? The device is not too big, it’s not too heavy. What is this bizarre obsession with making it smaller.

        The media/tech nerds seems to want something larger when a device is small, something smaller when it’s large.

        The iPad is the perfect form factor, the mini for those who want handbag size and then the iPhone who want something pocket size. We have devices at 5″, 7″, 10″, 11″, 12″, 20″ and 27″. Surely that’s enough to choose from!


  4. I will be interested to know how much will this decrease the weight. The reason I changed to the mini was that I hit my face to many times with the old iPad while reading in bed and falling sleep. ;-)