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iPad 3 Will Use New Backlighting System for Hi-Res Retina Display

When it comes to the number of rumors and speculations, Apple's smartphone offering definitely takes the cake. But the Cupertino's table device, the iPad, does have its fair share of rumors especially these past weeks. For many month's now, talks about the next generation iPad have started to pop up. Now another news has surfaced indicating that the next iPad will utilize a new backlight design in order to accommodate its rumored Retina Display.

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This particular bit of information came from frequent rumor pot stirrer DigiTimes, a Taiwan based website that specifically covers the IT industry. As usual, DigiTimes cited their "sources" claiming that the iPad 3 will need to modify its LED backlight solutions. Since the next generation iPad will be using an LCD panel with the resolution of 2048 x 1536 pixels, the current single LED light bar won't be enough to effectively illuminate the device's display.

With the next-generation iPads expected to adopt LCD panels with resolutions higher than 2048 by 1536, the current single LED light bar designed for the iPad 2 has to be modify in order to maintain or strengthen the brightness of the panels, the sources explained.

Display manufacturers have offered two solutions so far in light of the current situation. First solution dictates that Apple keeps the single bar form factor but it will be modified by adding two LED chips inside. The second solution on the other hand suggests that the next gen iPad utilizes dual-LED light bars. The second option is the more likely choice of Apple as is will help solve the problems concerning heat dissipation and battery consumption.

Buzzes about the iPad 3 featuring a 2048 x 1536 resolution Retina Display have been long persisting rumors. One of the main concerns about upgrading the resolution of the iPad is that it can potentially affect its battery life. But of course, these are all merely speculations and it is still too early to tell. According to a recent report, Apple will be releasing two iPad models next year. First is the upgraded version of the iPad 2 at around March and then followed by the iPad 3 during Q3 2012. We'll surely let you know if we come across some further development.

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