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More Claims of a 2048x1536 Resolution iPad 3 Display

iPad 3 rumors seem to be ramping up. DisplaySearch analyst Richard Shim now tells CNet that Apple has started production of a 2048x1536 resolution iPad 3 display.
"It's happening--QXGA, 2048x1536. Panel production has started [for the next-generation iPad]. There's three suppliers," Richard Shim, an analyst at DisplaySearch, said in an interview today. Shim confirmed other reports that cite three companies, Samsung, Sharp, and LGD.
DisplaySearch is research firm focused specifically on the display supply chain market and related industries. The same claims have been previously made by Digitimes who also cited the same three suppliers.

We've already seen evidence from Apple that they've been working on resolutions of that size in versions of their iOS applications. Most recently, background images of exactly 2048x1536 were found in early builds of iOS 5. In comparison, the current iPad carries a resolution of 1024x768. The iPad 3 is expected to be released sometime in the first half of 2012.

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94 months ago
Rating: 24 Votes
94 months ago
Good news, however something worries me.
Three suppliers.

I can see it now, people saying oh did you get the poor LG panel or the better Samsung panel?

Of the black levels are better on one, or their is a yellow colour cast on the other.

There are almost always issues with screens when different companies make them.

Let's hope and pray we don't go through this.
Rating: 16 Votes
94 months ago
Can't wait to see this display in person. It's going to look amazing.
Rating: 12 Votes
94 months ago
Woot!! Higher resolution then any other display i've ever owned :D
Rating: 11 Votes
94 months ago
What happens when you are sitting on a large sum of money? This, This happens.

Awesome Stuff :D :apple:
Rating: 11 Votes
94 months ago

It still has a crippled and restricted operating system, so I strongly doubt that it will kick anybody's ass except for that of its own user.

As someone struggling to use a Windows 7 tablet, I laugh in your face.
Rating: 10 Votes
94 months ago
Nice. I look forward to this :)
Rating: 9 Votes
94 months ago

Can't wait to see this display in person. It's going to look amazing.

I know. I'm really excited to see this. Imagine looking at digital photos on this? Or watching 1080P (or higher!) movies. Imagine the 3D games with a similar screen resolution to the iMac 27". Wow... Bring it on.
Rating: 8 Votes
94 months ago

Excuse my ignorance ... but for normal users like me , a retina display type of screen on the iPad should be better for ...?

More easier readable small typefaces.
Rating: 7 Votes
94 months ago
I probably can't go into details but a few months ago I was talking with a team of industrial designers... actually I guess you can just use common sense here;

How is a current gen graphics chip and battery going to power a 2048x1536 display?

I can imagine games running in a quarter of that with only the OS and non-demanding apps running at native res. Let's not be silly here. That's a huge resolution that currently only the best desktop cards can run games at. So I'm very interested to see what comes from this. Could they pull it off? As it stands right now they'd need 4xiPad 2 graphics chips, but they also have to offer improved performance (frame rate) over the last iPad 2. Plus the power to run them.


Ah, but the iPad doesn't need a desktop class GPU because it doesn't run games with the graphical detail of modern games. That's something that tends to get overlooked in these discussions, the iPad 3 would basically need to run... what, PS2 level graphics at 2048 x 1536, not PS3.

But it does. The overwhelmingly vast majority of iOS games won't need that power. But what about UE3 engine games? They're almost on par with modern consoles (just without the intense overhead from larger scale games).
Rating: 6 Votes

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