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iPad 3’s 2048×1536 Retina Display Presents a Challenge to Display Manufacturers

When it comes to reports about rumors, leaks, predictions etc. this year, you can say that the iPhone 5 definitely took the cake. But it wasn't only the iPhone 5 that has been taking the center stage this year but also its tablet sibling, the iPad 3. Now for another buzz regarding Apple's follow-up to the iPad 2, a report surfaced that sheds some light to the iPad 3's alleged 264 PPI display.

iPad 3 Retina
The report came from Brooke Crothers of CNET, who stated that they were able to talk to a source who's familiar with Asia-based suppliers and claiming that Apple's goal with the iPad 3 is to have Retina Display-like resolution. Now this is not exactly a new revelation since it has been previously reported that the next iteration of the iPad will feature 2048x1536 resolution display. But according to the source, building the iPad 3 with such a high resolution could present some problems in production.

According to the source as of now, display manufacturers LG and Samsung both can only manage 2048x1536 resolution display, which is a PPI of 264, twice the PPI that's found on the iPad 2 (which is currently 132 PPI). The source added referring to LG and Samsung, “they have production plans for 2048×1536 displays starting as soon as November. But those are only plans at this point.” Producing these devices at such resolution is not exactly the problem, the challenge lies with mass production. The consumer demands for the iPad 3 is no doubt going to be huge and the display manufacturers should be able to meet those demands. Since the iPad devices have almost 80% of the tablet market share, the numbers have to be ridiculously high.
iPad 3 Delayed
The source further states that this is a quantum leap in pixel density, something that hasn't been done before. As an interim option in case manufacturers do not hit the volumes required for the higher resolution iPad, the resolution might be dropped to 1600x1200. We sincerely think that it would be hard for Apple to scale down the resolution if it has indeed decided to go with 2048×1536 display. If Samsung and LG isn't up to the task, then it is possible that the next iPad will have the same resolution as the iPad 2 which should be quite a disappointment for those who were hoping for a higher resolution.

This such large leap in resolution for the iPad 3 will no doubt attract many tablet buyers but based on this report, there seems to be some existing difficulties. On a previous report, we have brought to you a news that Apple will begin the production of iPad 3 before the year ends. So expect more news about the iPad 3 anytime soon. [via CNET]

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