Spotlight on iPad
iPad 3 Rumor Mill
Apple has scratched the notion of iPad 3 being available this year
By: Maureen O'Gara
Aug. 20, 2011 11:00 AM
DigiTimes says it's heard from its redoubtable downstream sources that Apple has scratched the notion of iPad 3 being available this year maybe because Samsung and LG can't get decent yields on a 2,048x1,536 9.7-inch "retina display" panel and Sharp's are too expensive.
On top of which Apple's high-resolution demands also mean a larger backlighting source and apparently a single-edge light bar won't do plus the panel is reportedly having trouble meeting Apple's physical thinness, rich color and toughness requirements.
DigiTimes claims iPad 3 was supposed to launch in the second half "with a supply volume of 1.5-2 million units in the third quarter and 5-6 million in the fourth quarter."
Not to worry though, it says the supply of iPad 2s "in the second half will still be maintained at 28-30 million units."
Meanwhile, Reuters says Apple plans to put a billion-dollar investment in a Sharp LCD plant to secure a stable supply of screens for iPads and iPhones. It's suggested it's because of the bad blood between Apple and Samsung
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