Plans to release the iPad 3 in the fall
appear to have been shelved as Apple deals with issues relating to its
Retina display technology. The launch of a high-resolution iPad 3 in
2012 is now thought likely.
It seems that rumors of a fall release for the iPad 3 can finally be laid to rest.
Taiwan-based DigiTimes reported
late Monday that the iPad 3′s supply schedule for the second half of
2011 has been canceled by Apple. A supply volume of 1.5 to 2 million
units for the third quarter and 5 to 6 million units for the fourth
quarter had been planned.
It seems that the delay is related to issues concerning the
introduction of an improved screen resolution, what Cupertino-based
Apple call the Retina display. The high resolution screen was first seen
with the release of the iPhone 4 in 2010.
The DigiTimes report says: "The sources believe that the yield rate
of the 9.7-inch panel that feature resolution of 2,048 by 1,536 may be
the major reason of the supply delay since such panels are mainly
supplied by Japan-based Sharp with a high price and Apple’s other supply
partners Samsung Electronics and LG Display are both unable to reach a
good yield.” The current iPad has a screen resolution of 1024×768.
Also, a higher-resolution iPad would require a significantly larger
backlight source and "a single edge light bar is hardly able to reach
satisfaction levels,” the report says.
So now that we can say with some assurance that the iPad 3 looks set
for release some time in 2012, the rumor mill can once again give its
full attention to the launch date
of the highly anticipated next-generation iPhone. It’ll likely be
happening in the fall but is still, of course, the subject of much