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Leaked Photo of an iPad 3 Retina Display?

We received a tip that the following image had been posted to a Korean forum (registration required). Unfortunately, little other information was offered, but it was claimed to be an image of the upcoming iPad 3 Display panel.


Top: iPad 2, Bottom: iPad 3?

We believe the top image represents the current iPad 2 screen, while the bottom image is the supposed iPad 3 display. Both are 9.7" in diagonal, but the bottom screen has a different configuration for the attached cabling.

For reference, iFixit provided us with this photo of what the current iPad 2 display looks like disassembled.


iPad 2 screen

As you can see there are 3 brown ribbon cables leading from the screen itself to the circuit board. The small brown cable to the far left is the power cable, while the other two wide cables are for display data. This configuration matches with the top display in the leaked photo (though the power cable is missing).

The claimed iPad 3 photo shows 3 wide ribbon cables that might be used for data. The iPad 3 is expected to carry a high resolution screen of 2048x1536 which is four times the number of pixels of the current iPad 2, so the need for additional data bandwidth would be understandable.

No other details are available, though the increasing number of parts leaking on the web suggests that Apple is getting closer to production. Just last night, Apple was said to be using a new type of display (IGZO) to achieve higher resolutions and require lower power in the iPad 3. The iPad 3 is expected to be launched during the first half of 2012.

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38 months ago

I don't know why I keep coming back. Most of the rumors here suck.


You will be missed :rolleyes:
Rating: 22 Votes
38 months ago
I wish it was on.
Rating: 6 Votes
38 months ago

I don't know why I keep coming back. Most of the rumors here suck.


Agreed. Who the hell is interested in rumors about the next-gen iPad's supposed retina display?

What? Everyone? Nevermind.
Rating: 6 Votes
38 months ago
Oh I see, the top one has two connection cables to the display (iPad 2) and the second one has three (iPad 3)... ;) I wish they showed a side view so we could see the difference in thickness (if any).
Rating: 5 Votes
38 months ago

Fixed that for ya.


I made the speculation because it was on a Korean forum and Samsung is a Korean company.
Rating: 5 Votes
38 months ago
Well, unless that's a Samsung sPad, then it's overwhelming evidence that:

1) The iPad 3 will have a retina display
2) It's in production. A late January or early February release is likely.

By the way, MacRumors, this is the kind of scoops I like to see here. They're legitimate detective work about upcoming Apple products (otherwise known as "rumours") not the lawsuit stories that make this feel place like a boring courtroom.
Rating: 5 Votes
38 months ago


The claimed iPad 3 photo shows 3 wide ribbon cables that might be used for data. The iPad 3 is expected to carry a high resolution screen of 2560x1600 which is four times the number of pixels of the current iPad 2, so the need for additional data bandwidth would be understandable.

The display in the OP certainly isn't 16:10 and 2560*1600 isn't 4x 1024*768.
Rating: 5 Votes
38 months ago
Look! An assumed retina iPad 3 screen! You can really see it right. And it's so interesting. Almost as interesting as the assumed iPad 3 home button. Oh man, I need to calm myself. Too exciting.
Rating: 5 Votes
38 months ago
Yes. This has more pixelz. I can tell by the blurry photo and having seen many in my time.
Rating: 4 Votes
38 months ago
Retina display
Quad core A6
30% or better battery life
Siri
5-8 megapixel camera
Effective against acne

This thing should sell like crazy. That is, unless the price jumps substantially.
Rating: 4 Votes

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