Apple tells suppliers to prepare for rumored next-gen iPad in mid-2013

According to DigiTimes, the number of LED backlights will be reduced in the current device in an attempt to simplify the production process.

The site writes:

“While Apple is adjusting the design of the New iPad, the vendor has told its suppliers that they will have to prepare for a next-generation tablet model in the middle of 2013, with the number of LED chips used in backlighting expected to be reduced from the 84 used in New iPad, according to sources with Taiwan-based supply chain makers.”

The new iPad will come with the 9.7-inch display that is featured on previous iPad models.

The tablet is also expected to use two-chip packages for its LED backlight units, which is an upgrade as compared to the current iPad that comes with one-chip packages.