WSJ: Apple's new iPad will be thinner, lighter

Apple is widely expected to announce a new line of iPads on Tuesday and a new report suggests that the tech giant's flagship tablet will have a thinner, lighter body. The tech giant is holding a press event on Oct. 22 in San Francisco, where it is also expected to announce new Macs and detail on its new desktop operating systemOS X Mavericks.

Citing information from Apple's suppliers, the Wall Street Journal reports that the new 9.7-inch iPad will have a slimmer body because the new design uses a thin film instead of the glass used in current iPads.

The Journal also reports that the iPad mini will be updated with a high-resolution Retina display. CNET previously reported RBC Capital Markets Amit Daryana making the same claim, adding that the smaller iPad would have a slightly thicker body to accommodate the new screen.

Previous rumors about the iPad include an upgrade to an A7X or A7 chip, addition of the Touch ID fingerprint scanner, redesigned smart cover and other hardware upgrades.