iPhone, iPad Games, Apps, Reviews, News Thu, 16 Jul 2015 12:57:54 +0000 en-US hourly 1 iPad 3 Display Supply May Cause Shortage Post Release Date Thu, 01 Mar 2012 20:06:47 +0000 Read More]]>

Apple is all set to unveil the iPad 3 at a keynote event on March 7th as the company has already sent out media invitations for the launch event. According to the photos of iPad 3 display parts which appeared on the web the third generation iPad will feature high resolution retina display.

Retina Display on iPad 3 will have a resolution of 2048×1536 pixels and now a new report published by DigiTimes suggests that Apple’s display suppliers have been slow in ramping up their production. If this turns out to be true then Apple could face shortages and be unable to meet the demand for its new iPad. This could further impact Apple’s plan for international roll out.

Apple may not unable to ramp up the supply of its next-generation iPads (iPad 3), which are expected to be launched at a company event on March 7, due to insufficient supply of high resolution displays, according to industry sources in the supply chain.

The report goes onto mention that Apple would only be able to ramp up the product assembly around the second quarter of 2012. The Cupertino, Calif. based company has been careful in selecting suppliers of QXGA display panels and replaced Chimei Innolux (CMI) with Sharp while Samsung Electronics and LG display continue to supply the high resolution panels.

the whole supply chain has failed to substantially ramp up the supply of QXGA panels, the sources revealed.

Apple has been faced with product shortages post release date of a new device as the demand has mostly surpassed the company’s projected sales figures. As the supply chain struggles to ramp up production shipping time of iPad 3 may be pushed to 4-5 weeks time frame.

iPad 3 keynote event will kick off at 10 am Pacific at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco and we will bring you live all-in-one coverage of the event.

{via MacRumors}

]]> 0 iPad 3 Retina Display Photo Leaked? Sat, 31 Dec 2011 21:24:28 +0000 Read More]]>

Rumors of Apple’s iPad 3 have been on the web since earlier this year, as early as the day that Apple announced the iPad 2, however, very little has been revealed about the 3rd generation device until now. On Friday, an image on a Korean forum depicted what appeared to be two displays, one claimed to be from the current iPad 2 and the other, the next generation iPad 3. The image on top is believed to be from the iPad 2 and the bottom from the iPad 3.

Both are 9.7″ in diagonal, although, the bottom screen has a different configuration for the attached cabling, leading speculators to believe that it is entirely for a new device. The current iPad 2 contains 3 brown cables from the screen to the circuit board, where as the iPad 3 display contains 3 wide ribbon cables that might be used for data. The new iPad 3 is also expected to include a higher resolution screen of 2048×1536, roughly 3 times the number of pixels in the current generation iPad.

The iPad 2 was rumored to support the Retina Display, however in order to preserve the 10 hour battery life and keep the costs low Apple did not include the high resolution screen. The leaked photo is the best source of speculation out there at this point, with very little to no evidence of an existing iPad 3.

Rumors also suggest that Apple is switching to a new type of display from a company named IGZO, which allows higher resolutions without sacrificing battery life. The iPad 3 is expected to be released during the first half of 2012, although recent reports also suggest a Fall 2012 time frame.

{via MacRumors}

]]> 14 iPad 3 to be Thicker, With Same Smart Cover Support? Thu, 08 Dec 2011 23:41:10 +0000 Read More]]> iPad 3 Thicker

Japanese blog Macotakara claims to have recieved information from an Asian supplier about Apple’s plan for the next gen iPad 3. The report suggested that the iPad 3 may be slightly thicker than the current iPad 2, but will still retain the 9.7” screen size, as well as Smart Cover support.

According to Asian supplier which provides part for next iPad, next iPad has same size of screen, but case may be thicker by unknown reason. Current iPad cases, which covers backside, will not be compatible with thicker next iPad.

Also the source told, front rounding corner will be same with current iPad, then Smart Cover will be good companion with new iPad.

The site also displayed the image above in its report which may just be an image of the backsie of the iPad 3, which looks to be thicker than the iPad 2, but closely resembles the original iPad. Macotakara has a track record of presenting accurate information about Apple products, including their claim that the iPhone 4S would be announced early October with a release later in the month. They also suggested that the iPad 3 would debut then, but recounted that claim following other reports that Apple would be moving the iPad 3 release to 2012.

A thicker iPad could mean that Apple is including a number of improvements into the device, which could also include a better camera, and other features from the iPhone 4S. Apple’s move to retain the Smart Cover, will be widely praised, as most customers could be looking to re-use them for the new device. Any cases for the back however, will need to be repurchased.

]]> 3 Claims of iPad 3 Retina Display with 2048×1536 Resolution Resurface Sat, 26 Nov 2011 03:37:20 +0000 Read More]]> Claims of iPad 3 Retina Display with 2048x1536 Resurface

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.

{via MacRumors}

]]> 1 iPad 3 Retina Display to Support New LED backlight Design Wed, 09 Nov 2011 22:36:42 +0000 Read More]]> iPad3 Retina Display

According to a report from Digitimes, Apple is expected to change the current LED backlight design for the iPad 3. Apple, with the iPad introduced a large 9.7 inch display, and improved the design wit the iPad 2. However, the iPad failed to see the Retina Display that the iPhone and iPod touch feature.

In Monday’s report from Digitimes, it seems that Apple is going to finally bring the Retina Display with a updated LED backlight design to the next gen iPad. The new design is expected to be a brighter, more clear display and could be particularly be useful for apps that operate in 2X mode for iPhone applications.

With the next-generation iPads expected to adopt LCD panels with resolutions higher than 2048 by 1536, the current single LED light bar designed for the iPad 2 has to be modified in order to maintain or strengthen the brightness of the panels, the sources explained.

There are currently two options that Apple has for the iPad displays, a single bar display with dual LED chips inside or another with dual-LED light bars. Speculation of the two options on a future iPad 3 suggest that Apple will likely go with the dual-LED light bars, after having solved prior issues with heat dissipation and battery consumption.

Apple’s iPad 3 is expected to be released March 2012, but has also been rumored to retain the same design as the iPad 2 with upgraded internals, similar to the iPhone 4S.

{via TiPb}

]]> 1 Apple Exploring Hybrid e-Ink/LCD Display Technology Sun, 10 Apr 2011 10:57:14 +0000 Read More]]> Apple has an obsession with obtaining the best possible performance, both in terms of power usage and quality, out of existing technology. Sometimes this tends to leave some observers of their products disappointed in the raw details on their spec sheets. For instance, recently, some tech. pundits were initially disappointed when Apple did not jump on the OLED bandwagon with other manufacturers when producing new display panels for the iPhone 4 and iPad 2. But as time has shown, OLED still has a way to go in terms of the all-round appeal of the output of its displays – and overall manufacture quality for consumer production units. Consequently Apple’s decision to hone and enhance existing LCD technology, and go for what are in effect augmented LCD displays in its devices, has proven to be the wiser way to go with both the iPad 2 and iPhone 4. And Apple’s users are reaping the benefits of LCD displays with fantastic resolution and clarity – without the downsides of current OLED panels.

Fast forward to today and a Patent filing last week from Apple (which seems eerily reminiscent of one from them in 2009 – and another company’s earlier stabs at hybrid display technology), and it appears that the tech giant may be looking at stealing yet another lead on its rivals by augmenting existing technology in a new and innovative way.

First, here is some background for context… E-Ink technology is capable of producing super high resolution, low power consumption images. But a big drawback is refresh rate. Which means that e-ink displays are just not suited to playing video or games. Great for e-books. Not so good for moving images, or fast updating pages. Think Amazon Kindle. On the flip side, LCD panels are perfectly suited to fast updating images. But draw more power, and even in Apple’s Retina Display incarnations are still not quite as capable of producing perfectly smooth high resolution text; particularly on larger display panels like those found in the iPad 2.

So what to do? Recently Apple’s COO Tim Cook hinted at a massive investment in a new technology. And many of us took that to mean simply an investment in fabrication facilities for high resolution LCD panels. And that may well still be the case. Quite likely is in fact. Production yields of super high resolution LCD panels, like those required to produce a true “Uber Retina Display” which didn’t materialise in the iPad 2, and is currently expected in the iPad 3, are still too low to make them cost effective. And at the moment, that is the only way that Apple can hope to leap ahead of its competition again in display technology for its next iteration of devices.

But it is clear Apple is not putting all of its eggs in one basket. They are also looking at hybrid display technologies, where they may or may not be able to take a different direction from their competitors, once again. Rely on older technology, once again. And astound us all with yet another revolution in the battery life of our mobile devices…

Enter hybrid e-ink / LCD displays. The idea, in essence, is simple. Imagine two displays. One overlaid on another. One is a high speed LCD (or even OLED) panel of similar quality to that found in the existing iPad 2 or iPhone 4. The other is an e-ink display capable of showing text in both colour and black and white, but with the kind of quality we expect from devices like the Kindle – and with none of the power drain of an LCD panel.

Clever hardware and software will decide on which of the two sandwiched displays images and text will be shown on. So that static non-changing, or slow updating parts of pages will be rendered to the e-ink layer. And faster updating images will be pushed through to the LCD panel. Images could even be pushed to LCD first, and then if they are to then remain static the LCD panel can give way to a copy of the image which was pushed more slowly to the e-ink layer in parallel. All of this would be seamless from a users perspective.

An obvious place to use this technology is in scrolling web pages and e-books. Page updates or scrolls will be fast and on LCD. And when the scrolling or updating stops the e-ink display holds the image for perfect clarity of viewing – and low power drain.

To get a mental image of how the hardware would be working behind the scenes, imagine our view of a duck on a pond. It looks like it is gliding along, but its feet are paddling like crazy underneath. Once more parts of the image remain static, the ducks feet would simply have to paddle less hard – and ultimately be able to stop in the case of a static page of images and text. All the while to us, the user, we still see a duck gliding effortlessly along on a pond – just like we do today on iOS devices. And all the while that the ducks feet are not paddling so fast our battery life gets extended.

There is no guarantee that this technology will come to pass in Apple’s iOS or desktop devices in the future. But it seems it is certainly something they are looking at. And if you’ve ever looked over at someone reading a Kindle on a subway, and been a little jealous of the even more print-like quality of the digital text that they are reading (even while holding a Retina Display device in your hands) then this might be something for you to look forward to in future iOS devices.

E-Ink/LCD Hybrid for the win? Or just a pipe-dream? Have your say in the comments…

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