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LCD makers challenged by iPad 3 retina display

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By Charles Starrett

Contributing Editor
Published: Friday, October 28, 2011
News Categories: iPad

Apple’s LCD manufacturing partners, including LG Display and Samsung, are facing a steep challenge in trying to build enough high-resolution displays in time to be included in the iPad 3, according to a new report. Citing a source who is in contact with Asian suppliers, Cnet reports that Apple is seeking to include a 2048x1536 resolution display in the iPad 3, quadrupling the number of pixels seen in prior iPad models. “They have production plans for 2,048 x 1,536 displays. Starting in November. But those are only plans at this point,” said the source. “It’s not a question of making just one. That, of course, can be done. The challenge is making lots of them. This is a quantum leap in pixel density. This hasn’t been done before.”

The report also claims that the manufacturers are offering 1,600 x 1,200 screens as an interim option should the higher-res panels prove too difficult to build, although it remains to be seen if Apple would consider such an option given the difficulties such a product would pose to developers. Surprisingly, the report doesn’t mention Sharp, a company with which Apple reportedly had plans to invest $1 billion in a factory to build LCD panels for iPhones and iPads.

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Apple is making an Ipad 3 ? holy man! thats insane! I cant beleive they are making a 3rd ipad. i love the 2nd one already but number 3 ? wowzers!

Posted by Shelby Jensen on October 28, 2011 at 2:04 PM (PDT)

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@1: How can you not believe it? Based on the past two years, the next update should be on the shelves before Easter.

Posted by Code Monkey in Midstate New York on October 29, 2011 at 5:45 AM (PDT)

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