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More leaks hint next iPad gets dual cameras, higher-res LCD

updated 07:55 am EST, Fri December 10, 2010

Suppliers back next iPad's dual cams and sharp LCD

Four sources today slipped details of what's expected to appear in the next iPad. Supporting case leaks, one mentioned that it would have dual cameras. Two told Reuters that Genius Electronic Optical and Largan Precision had newly secured camera contracts with Apple likely attached to the project, although they couldn't directly link the work to the new iPad.

Another insider also backed claims that the revamp would have a higher resolution display, although it wasn't said how sharp this would be. To mimic the resolution increase from the iPhone 4, Apple would need a 2048x1536 display that hasn't been seen so far. Wintek has been named as the supplier for the touchscreen controller and has been involved with most Apple touchscreen devices in the past.

The design would also be thinner and more importantly lighter, the same contact for the display leak said. All four of the total contacts named Simplo as the battery supplier and AVY Precision as a cover maker. Extra part listings at Kodawarisan have alluded to an SD card slot and shown a space in third-party cases (below) for one just behind the usual speaker area.

Shipping timeframes weren't mentioned, but a prior tip had Foxconn delivering in February for an April debut. Component designers often need to start making parts in advance for final assembly.

The new model is expected to be crucial for Apple. Unlike the iPhone or iPod , the iPad is facing major competition just months after it arrived. Samsung is already having modest success with the Galaxy Tab, but Motorola's upcoming Android 3.0 tablet and a slew of comparable models from HTC, LG and others are due to show as soon as early next year. RIM has also planned to establish the BlackBerry PlayBook as a major contender when the first versions ship in late winter.

by MacNN Staff



  1. snappy22

    Joined: Dec 1969


    a 2048x1536 display?

    Impossible, even a 10" 1920x1080 would not make sense.

  1. chippie

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Competition Is Good For Consumers

    Ipad2 probably would have added just a front facing camera, but due to competition it will also have a rear camera, a SD Card reader and better screen. Surely apple would not have added all these features until ipad3 or ipad4 if not for the tablet war that should be in full swing by April 2011. Hurray for competition!

    P.S. I doubt that apple will eat the extra cost- I expect at least a $30 price hike on all models.

  1. cmoney

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Re: a 2048x1536 display?

    Plus there's no need to go to a Retina display density. On the iPhone it's needed to make tiny text readable so even unzoomed web pages and such are still usable.

    On the iPad, that's not an issue since everything's full size (or very very close) already. A slight bump in resolution would be nice to make things a bit sharper but it's not a huge issue.

  1. bobolicious

    Joined: Dec 1969


    trickle down 720p, then 1080p?

    they must recoup the r+d, grinding out the incremental incentives

    Comment buried. Show
  1. Feathers

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Major competition?

    Where exactly has Apple experienced even the most minute challenge to its products over the past tens years? There has never been a "killer" or even a challenge in any of the domains where Apple excels. This is not necessarily a good thing as it demonstrates how utterly devoid of imagination the industry as a whole appears. This has similarly enabled Apple to maintain despicably high margins that demonstrate a contempt for non-competitors and customers alike. Apple need a genuine challenger to bring them back down to Earth.

  1. WaltFrench

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Higher Rez? New case?

    No, a 10" diagonal iPad held 24" away from your eyes — as in your lap, as all the ads show — takes just as much of your visual field (“appears” just as big) as a 3.5" diagonal iPhone held about 8" away, which is about where you end up holding a phone if you're trying to read or otherwise see details clearly.

    A 2048X1536 iPad would be awesome, especially if you bring it closer, as it would mimic what is common for 24" class screens used on a desktop. Use a bunch more CPU/GPU to draw the greater detail, requiring maybe 2X, possibly 4X the CPU speed to keep graphics just as snappy, more battery too, all else equal. Great as that'd be, it seems not quite the computer for the rest of us, something that is intended for shared/personal use in offices or as a home user's simple-to-use (i.e., not for geeks) sole machine. Based on today's economics.

    But while the 4X pixel count seems unlikely based on economics, the back of these cases look as totally unlikely to have been OK'd by Jonny Ive as anything I've ever seen.

  1. drumrobot

    Joined: Dec 1969


    This... is bull

    "one mentioned that it would have dual cameras"
    Fascinating! Someone (don't know who) said something that people could have guessed--and did--when the FIRST iPad came out!

    To put it a different way: People are saying the EXACT same things that they said after the first iPad was released. They're just guesses, and they're guesses that one can all but guarantee will be correct.

    How does this end up on a news site?

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969



    That's it. Apple just lets these parts makers reveal all their design information to ruin any surprise.

    Sounds like Apple needs to start getting some other people arrested.

  1. Cronocide

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Apple has to keep people interested. They give some leaks out so that the Mac geeks keep the drooling.

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