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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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33 months ago

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


You will be missed :rolleyes:
Rating: 25 Positives
33 months ago
I don't know why I keep coming back. Most of the rumors here suck.
Rating: 9 Positives
33 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: 9 Positives
33 months ago
I wish it was on.
Rating: 7 Positives
33 months ago

Fixed that for ya.


I made the speculation because it was on a Korean forum and Samsung is a Korean company.
Rating: 6 Positives
33 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.

Correction: This passage should read..
"The claimed iPad 3 photo shows 3 wide ribbon cables that might be used for data. The iPad 3 is speculated by some 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."
Rating: 6 Positives
33 months ago
Can someone please explain to me what's so special about 9.7"

I mean where did 9.7" come from?

Did they try 9" and try 10" and think... Oh, 9" is too small and 10" feels a tiny tiny bit big, 9.7" feels just right.

Bull poo did they.... So what's the deal about 9.7" Is it because the main much larger panel gets chopped up and with some wastage 9.7" is the biggest they can get out?

There had to be some "manufacturing" reason why it's this odd dumb size and not 10"

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I was kinda hoping that in the post Jobs era Apple would finally get rid off those shiny mirror-like screens but judging by these screenshots it's only getting worse. Perhaps it's just the angle of the photo but it looks awful.


You can't really have a matt touch screen.

matt monitor yes, but not touch screen.

All mat means it that the surface is rough and pitted. tiny pits yes, but rough all the same, it's just a dirt magnet then.
Rating: 6 Positives
33 months ago

2560x1600 would not have four times the pixels of the current 1024x768 iPad resolution.


Yes it would:

2048 x 1536 = 3,145,728 pixels
1024 x 768 = 786,432 pixels

3,145,728 / 786,432 = 4

EDIT: Never mind, I totally misread 2560x1600 to be 2048x1536. Pardon my ignorance.
Rating: 5 Positives
33 months ago
Can we compare peoples statements from a year ago and make them admit they were wrong when this comes out or suffer the consequences.:D
Rating: 5 Positives
33 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 Positives

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