While the iPad 3 might not be in our hands until early to mid 2012, Apple is making sure they’ll be ready to meet consumer demand when it hits store shelves.
Based on analyst reports, the screen for the iPad 3 is already on the production line from three different suppliers. Richard Shim, an analyst at DisplaySearch, made some comments regarding the screen production. Shim stated, “It’s happening–QXGA, 2048×1536. Panel production has started [for the next-generation iPad]. There’s three suppliers.” Those suppliers include Samsung, Sharp and LGD, says CNET.
“I would imagine there would be concerns about [adequate] supply given the resolution of the display but you’ve got three different suppliers at this point. They should have enough to launch the product.
It takes a couple of weeks for the production to go to the ODMs (the manufacturers). Then the manufacturer puts them in the housing. Then, that goes off to shipment. We could start seeing finished devices produced in December. And then being ready to be shipped in January. With volumes gearing up in February and March.”
The 10 inch 2048×1536 screen will put the iPad 2’s 1024×768 screen to shame. The screen will continue to use an IPS panel.
Interestingly enough, CNET made mention that Apple may even be working on a smaller iPad with a 7.85 inch screen. “If there’s demand there. There’s no reason they wouldn’t build a 7.85-inch iPad,” Shim said.
A smaller iPad would likely be welcome in the consumer market. It would reduce weight (one of the larger setbacks of a tablet) as well as the footprint. Hopefully, there’s enough demand for a smaller option.
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