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iPad 3 Enters Trial Production in Q4 2011, Slated for Early 2012 Release

In case you haven't been paying attention, the market for tablet computers have been growing at a rapid rate and the competition is tougher than ever. But of course, you can't talk about tablet computers without mentioning Apple's offering, the iPad. A device that certainly leads the competition of tablet computers. And as expected, the Cupertino company looks to stay ahead of the competition by already making its move for the iPad 3. According to a report, Apple is already gearing up with its suppliers and assemblers in Asia for the trial production of the next generation, high-resolution iPad which is planned for release early 2012.

Apple iPad 2
This report comes from The Wall Street Journal who claims that they have been talking with people who are "familiar with the situation". The Cupertino company is said to have already began ordering key components for the next-gen iPad such as display panels and processor chips. The iPad 3 is largely expected to feature a high-res display of 2048 by 1536 which is twice the resolution of the previous generations which is 1024 by 768. Apple is said to have already received small shipments of processor chips and the 9.7-inch, high-resolution displays samples. This is allegedly for the trial production of 1.5 million iPad 3s which will be kickstarted this coming October.

This particular report again points out to the possibility of the next iPad to debut with 2048 x 1536 resolution which is a fairly reasonable thing to expect. As early as February, there have been talks of the iPad 3 having a 9.7 inch IPS panel with FFS (fringe-field switching) technology which would yield benefits such as clear visual quality and wider viewing angle. If anyone can recall, Apple had plans to incorporate iPad Retina Display for the iPad 2 but wasn't able to do so due to constraints in manufacturing yield rates.

Just for reference, here's a comparison table of Apple devices in terms of resolution and pixel density:
Apple Devices Resolution and Pixel Density Table
One can imagine that incorporating such high quality display without affecting other factors such as the screen size, form factor and battery life can be very difficult and expensive. Just a few days ago, we have brought to you a report that Apple has already canceled their supply schedule for the iPad 3 which is supposed to be slated this year. This is due to the shortage of Retina Display panels and that if the company insists on releasing the next iPad this year, it won't be able reach a satisfactory manufacturing yield rate.

This report is yet another strong evidence that the iPad 3 won't be making it this year and instead on early 2012 which is in line with the iPad release cycle (the iPad 2 was released in March this year). Aside from the rumored high resolution display, the iPad 3 will also be powered a new A6 mobile processor chip (allegedly also the iPhone 6). With a higher resolution Retina Display and a more powerful new processor chip, Apple looks to secure the position of the iPad 3 as the tablet computer to beat. [Source: TheWSJ via AppleInsider]

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