According to a report done by CNET, the production for the high-resolution displays of the next generation iPad has started. An analyst has also hinted at the possible production of a 7.85 inch screen for a smaller iPad down the road…
Three different manufacturers – Samsung, Sharp, and LGD – have officially started production on the QXGA, 2048×1536 (10-inch) displays for the next generation Apple iPad. The sheer number of manufacturers in this case highlight the challenge of creating such a large number of 10-inch QXGA screens. “I would imagine there would be concerns about [adequate] supply given the resolution of the display but you’ve got three different suppliers at this point. They should have enough to launch the product,” said David Shim, an analyst at DisplaySearch, in an interview with CNET.
This new display destined to be a part of the next of Apple’s iPad tablets is a huge step forward in resolution compared to the current, somewhat lacking 1024×768. It means a crisper image for your applications, photos and videos.
With current production rates, the amount of time it takes to assemble the devices, and all the downstream activities involved, it could mean that finished tablets will end up being produced by the end of December for January ship dates, with an increase in volume for February and March.
However, it is not the only interesting piece of information to come from the DisplaySearch analyst. According to Shim, Apple has even expressed interest in making a “mini” iPad which would feature a 7.85” frame. This is almost certainly in response to strong consumer demand for Amazon’s Kindle Fire and other 7″ tablets like Samsung’s Galaxy Tab. Six million Kindle Fires are set to be produced in the coming quarter alone.