iPad 2 Weight: How Apple Made it so Light

The Apple iPad 2 has been hugely successful since its release last week, so much so that the waiting time for online orders has increased to several weeks and many stores have sold out. At the weekend we reported on a teardown of the iPad 2 where we had a good look at what was going on inside and now today we have some news on how exactly Apple made it’s new tablet so light.

Something that has received a lot of praise (including in reviews) is the thinner and lighter design of the iPad 2, along with the increases in performance of course and we wondered how Apple achieved this. Now we have heard some news about how Apple made the weight savings from Seth Weintraub over on 9to5Mac, sourced from iFixyouri, and it seems that the majority of the decrease in weight came from the LCD and glass assembly.

The iPad 2 is 112g lighter than its predecessor and now weighs 600.60g and the glass on the newest iPad is 27% slimmer than on the first iPad. By removing the frame and using thinner glass and also thinner LCD, a weight saving of 87.5g was obtained and that accounts for an incredible 75% of the weight reduction overall, which is pretty impressive when you consider the iPad 2 has a larger battery. Earlier today we spoke of an Apple patent to make future devices even slimmer by shrinking down the headphone port so we wonder how slim the next incarnation of the iPad 2 will be!

If you want to find out more about the iPad head to the iPad 2 product pages here at apple.com for full details. We will soon be bringing you details of a teardown on one of the iPad 2 Smart Covers so keep your eyes peeled for that, as it will be interesting to find out how the magnet technology works. Are you impressed with how light Apple managed to make the iPad 2 and is this an important factor to you? Let us know with your comments.