Contrary to an earlier report that the next iPad will be slightly thicker than the current iPad 2, there is now another report claiming that the tablet will be thinner due to a thinner and lower-powered display.
According to Forbes, Jeffries analyst Peter Misek asserted that Apple has invested about $500 million to $1 billion in manufacturing materials for Sharp to produce displays for iPads and iPhones.
Also, we believe that Apple and Sharp together have a modified IGZO (indium, gallium, zinc) technology to achieve 330 dpi, which is sufficient for an HD display while not using IPS nor having to include dual-bar LED backlighting. In our view, this should lead to several design advantages, namely the device can be thinner, battery life should be longer, and the overall experience for users should be meaningfully improved.
Misek also claimed that Sharp has begun production of the high resolution displays for the next iPad two weeks ago and added that Sharp will also help produce displays for the next generation iPhone.
An earlier report by iLounge stated that the upcoming iPad will have a thicker design due to the twin light bar system used in higher-resolution displays. Well, the truth will only be known when Apple unveils the device, which is expected sometime in Q1 2012.