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iPad 3 Display Shipments Nearing 3 Million Units with Assembly Set for January Start

Just yesterday, Digitimes noted that Apple had reduced its fourth-quarter orders for iPad 2 display components in order to accommodate production of iPad 3 parts. Apple's strategy has apparently involved boosting production of iPad 2 parts during the third quarter and stockpiling them as it begins the transition to the iPad 3 this quarter.


Digitimes now expands upon that information in a new report claiming that Apple's iPad 3 display panel suppliers Samsung, LG, and Sharp will have delivered approximately three million units to Apple's manufacturing chain by the end of this month.
Samsung Electronics, LG Display and Sharp reportedly shipped a total of one million units of high-resolution flat panels for next-generation iPads to Apple in October and will ramp up shipments to two million units in November, according to industry sources.
The report notes that the touch module component that is comparable to the one found in the iPad 2 should begin shipping from TPK and Wintek imminently as Apple's iPad manufacturing partner Foxconn is apparently targeting a January 2012 start for assembly. That timeframe appears to be in line with rumors of an early 2012 launch for the iPad 3, potentially around March or April as with the past two generations.

The report also reiterates claims of display manufacturers having sampled 7.85-inch screens for Apple, but it is unclear how independent Digitimes' claim is from the earlier report.

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37 months ago

Retina display = instant sale

if not, Kindle Fire.


So the iPad has to use cutting edge technology, that today doesn't exist, or your going to buy a cheap product that isn't even in the same product category?

Tis like saying If the next Lamborghini has hovercraft abilities = instant buy

If not, Ford fiesta.
Rating: 19 Votes
37 months ago

Most idiotic thing i have heard today. Basically sounds like you have to choose from awesome device like iPad 2 and crappy device like Kindle Fire and you are saying if Apple doesn't make A. B. C. and make uber awesome device you will settle for crappy device over already awersome device.

Idiotic.

On a related note:

Cash ready for iPad 3.


If Charlize Theron got a boob job= instant bang

If not, Sarah Jessica Parker
Rating: 10 Votes
37 months ago
I want to believe! :D
Rating: 7 Votes
37 months ago
So what res is it going to be?

I want to believe! :D


The truth is out there!
Rating: 7 Votes
37 months ago
iPad 3 with a resolution of: 2048 x 1536 = 3,145,728

PI ~= 3.141592 --> 3,141,592

3,145,728 - 3,141,592 = 4136

www.4136.com is a website owned by some company in Shanghai, China.

Therefore, I predict the display for the iPad 3 will be manufactured somewhere in Asia, most likely China.

On another note, it might be called the iPie and be round instead of rectangle!

Rumors, rumors...
Rating: 6 Votes
37 months ago

Retina display = instant sale

if not, Kindle Fire.


Most idiotic thing i have heard today. Basically sounds like you have to choose from awesome device like iPad 2 and crappy device like Kindle Fire and you are saying if Apple doesn't make A. B. C. and make uber awesome device you will settle for crappy device over already awersome device.

Idiotic.

On a related note:

Cash ready for iPad 3.
Rating: 6 Votes
37 months ago
I have a feeling it's going to be just as much of an incremental update to the iPad 2, as that was to the first model.
Rating: 4 Votes
37 months ago

Retina display = instant sale

if not, Kindle Fire.


For me: Retina (or at least higher res) display=instant sale,
If not, hang on to my iPad 1 and hold out for iPad 4.
My iPhone 4 screen has completely spoiled me.
Rating: 4 Votes
37 months ago
sure - interest in screen quality is understandable... but let's remember this is largely a media consumption device,

and a good part of good media is audio.

apple stinks at audio.

why? i don't know.

they seemingly only have to throw a few more nickles (almost literally) at the speakers in order to improve quality ten fold. And if they located speakers where it made sense - front of device - quality would ramp up to 100 fold improvement.

please do apple.:rolleyes:
although less sexy, there's more to a device that the screen.

thumb up this post to let apple know this is important to you.
Rating: 4 Votes
37 months ago
I hope the retina display and better camera happens because I been waiting for this in the iPad 3 to become my first iPad. If it wasn't for the non retina display I would've gotten the iPad 2. Given the pricing I can't upgrade every year. So I was waiting.

Basically, my thinking went like this:

iPad 1: wasn't sure of I have a use for it didn't buy.

iPad 2: after seeing the success and functionality of iPad 1 I wanted iPad 2. But once I demoed it at the Fifth Avenue store I was disappointed after comparing it to iPhone 4 display and the camera. So I decided to hold out for possible retina display iPad 3.

Currently, I own my 2nd iPhone. A iPhone 4S upgraded from my iPhone 3GS and saving money for the iPad 3 and my first iMac the 27" high end.
Rating: 4 Votes

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