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Apple iPad 3 high-res display 'confirmed' in production

updated 05:05 am EST, Tue November 22, 2011

High-res confirmed, 7-inch a possibility too

An analyst has confirmed that the QXGA 2048x1536 9.7-inch iPad 3 display is in production, according to CNET. Richard Shim of DisplaySearch also said, as previously rumored, that Apple is taking shipments from Samsung, Sharp and LG to ensure sufficient production yield for a planned early 2012 launch. Also in the cards is the possibility of the rumored 7-inch iPad mini.

"It takes a couple of weeks for the production to go to 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," Shim said.

The iPad 3 display is expected to be very bright, despite the increased pixel density thanks to dual-bar LED backlighting. The display is said to be capable of producing 550 nits of brightness, versus the 350 nits of the average notebook. It should also continue with Apple's current preference for IPS LCDs coupled with Super PLS technology.

Shim also said that Apple is mulling a smaller iPad that would center on a 7.85-inch display, possibly to help counter the increasing popularity of the 7-inch tablet form factor, headed by the Amazon Kindle Fire. If it happens, it would come later in 2012.

"If there's demand there. There's no reason they wouldn't build a 7.85-inch iPad," Shim said.

by MacNN Staff



  1. ElectroTech

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Read Steve Jobs lips: "No 7 inch tablet unless we issue pencil sharpeners too.' These are Android manufacturer's attempts to cut cost and ship tiny junk. The report is mislabelled as Apple and should read Android. The larger screen size could be Apple's.

  1. Jeronimo2000

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Note to MacNN

    "Unsolicited ramblings of one of the lowest life-forms on the planet, a.k.a. analyst" is not the same thing as a "confirmation".

  1. Grendelmon

    Joined: Dec 1969


    My bad

    I mistakingly confused having to repurchase all my apps when I transitioned from my Touch to my iPad, not from my 2nd gen Touch to my retina display 4th gen. It still pissed me off though (now in HD!)

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Re: Clueless

    OMG! Steve Jobs said something, so it must always be true! Even after he passes away!

    He also said Apple wasn't working on a phone, if you recall. And I'm sure they've said many things which was changed in the future.

  1. chas_m



    Yeah, no.

    I do not foresee Apple making a 7" iPad, if for no other reason that having to deal with the c*** the tech media would pepper them with. Also, 7" tablets SUCK.

    Now, could Apple make some other sort of device with a 7" screen? Well, sure.

    But particularly given the latest iPad commercial, does anyone who thinks they understand Apple *really* think they'd spit on Steve's grave like that? Also, where's the proof that 7" tablets are popular? I've seen exactly ONE in the last two years that wasn't sitting lonely on a shelf somewhere. According to various studies, iPads have 95+ percent of US web traffic, so that remaining 5 percent is ALL other tablets, including the 10-inchers (of which I've seen maybe a half-dozen in actual customer hands).

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