Apple’s iPad 2 was a major success in the United States as well as many other countries. With rumors of iPad 3 resurfacing, numerous reports, including an internal report published by CNet suggests that the iPad 3 is on the horizon and will be sporting an upgraded display.
The original iPad came out with a bright vibrant display, which continued on into the iPad. Customers want a higher resolution screen, with both the iPhone 4S and 4th gen iPod touch already carrying 326 pixels per inch. DisplaySearch analyst Richard Shim revealed to CNET that Apple is looking to include a 2048×1536 resolution display on the iPad 3, up from the current 1024 × 768 resolution. That is a major upgrade and one that will definitely show during game play, web browsing, and watching videos.
“It’s happening–QXGA, 2048×1536. 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, the company that Shim works for researches on the display supply chain market and related industries, making the source more credible than others in the past, including some who suggested that the iPad would be receiving the Retina Display.
Evidence has been found buried in the code of iOS 5, which revealed background images, the same resolution of 2048×1536. A number of iOS apps have also been found to utilize the rumored resolution. Apple is expected to announce iPad 3 release date in the first half of 2012, and likely won’t announce an event until the finalizing stages of its manufacturing process.