Apple could be planning to begin mass production of its thinner, lighter iPad 5 in July ahead of a September launch, according to sources from Apple's supply chain.

Digitimes' Taiwanese sources claim that a trial production of the fifth-generation iPad is set to begin "soon," with full production kicking off in July. Monthly shipments are expected to be 2-3 million units by September.

The report claims that the new iPad's display will have the same 2,048 by 1,536 resolution as the current iPad, but that the display will be built on a thinner glass substrate, at 0.2mm compared to the iPad 4's 0.25mm.

In addition, Digitimes also claims that the iPad 5 will have narrower bezels, an improved LED backlight, and will weigh up to 33 per cent lighter than its predecessor.

According to the sources, Apple's suppliers include LG Display, Samsung Display and Sharp for the iPad 5's panels, while the LED light bars will be supplied by Taiwan Surface Mountain Technology. Radiant Opto-Electronic, Coretronic and TPK Holding are also believed to be supplying iPad 5 components to Apple.

For more, check out our iPad 5 release date, rumours and leaked images round up.

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