Alleged image of Apple iPad 4
It could seem strange to be talking about the Apple iPad 4 when the Apple iPad mini is to be introduced. Yet, a site called Apple.pro posted a picture of what is allegedly the front screen of the next full-sized Apple tablet. It seems Apple is ready for the next step!
According to the source, the Apple iPad 4 screen uses optical bonding which is a process that glues glass in front of a display to improve its readability in areas with high humidity. It also reduces glare and allows the screen to be thinner. It is a process that is also being used on the screen of the Microsoft Surface tablet.
The said picture also shows a larger cutout for the FaceTime camera. That could mean that Apple plans on bringing a larger camera sensor to its next 9.7 inch tablet. The front-facing camera on the third iteration of the Apple iPad is .3MP. On the Apple iPhone 5 and 5th gen Apple iPod touch, the FaceTime shooter is 1.2MP would gives us a clue of were Apple may go with the feature in the iPad 4.
With the increasing popularity of tablets, the “wars” between producers seem to start heating up. You have Apple competing in the low price 7 inch category with the Amazon Kindle Fire HD and the Google Nexus 7. On the other hand, Microsoft is competing in the full size space with the 9.7 inch Apple iPad. What will be next?