Production of high-resolution iPad 3 display hits snag
Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) may be struggling to bring its Retina Display to its next-generation iPad 3 tablets. A report on CNET News cited a source who said that display manufacturers such as LG Display and Samsung are only able to achieving 2048x1536 resolution at the moment. This works out to 264 pixels per inch on the iPad's 10-inch display, twice that of the current iPad but shy of the 326ppi of the iPhone 4's Retina Display.
The bigger challenge is to produce the millions of such displays that the iPad's popularity will necessitate. According to the source: "They have production plans for 2048x1536 displays. Starting in November. But those are only plans at this point." An alternative would be to settle for a more modest 1600x1200, though that is only prepared as a backup should mass-produced Retina Displays prove untenable.
The latest rumor lends weight to earlier reports of Apple cancelling a 2011 launch of the iPad 3 due to supply chain issue in relation to display manufacturers not being able to achieve a good yield. In relation to Apple's choice of display suppliers, LG CEO Young Soo Kwon let slip earlier this year that Apple will be using the company's Retina Display in its next iPad tablet.