With the next-generation iPad rumoured to be being unveiled this spring, a new report claims it will be thinner and lighter thanks to technology from the company's iPad mini. 

The hit-and-miss Digitimes reports that Cupertino-based Apple will use the same G/F2 (DITO) thin-film type touchscreen that is used on the iPad mini. This move will reportedly result in a thinner-design than that currently featured on the fourth generation. 

Released in October, the first-generation iPad mini is 7.2mm thick, or 23 per cent thinner than the full-sized iPad and 0.68lbs lighter, or 53 per cent. While we don't expect the full-sized iPad to reach those metrics, it should decrease a considerable amount. 

The report further adds that the DITO screen technology was behind the initial supply constraints for the iPad mini, but those issues are now resolved. The iPad mini is now shipping in three to five business days in countries around the world, with instant in-store availability for many. 

A thinner and lighter design makes sense for the next-generation iPad. A report in January claimed the iPad 5 will have many characteristics of the iPad mini, like a thinner bezel. 

This won't be the last you hear of the next-generation iPad.