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Three contract manufacturers of displays have started to produce screens with 2048*1536 resolution (QXGA) for the next generation of Apple iPad 3 media tablets. Three companies are expected to deliver enough displays with extreme pixel density to enable Apple to launch the next iPad in volume sometimes in February or March.

"It is happening - QXGA, 2048*1536 - panel production has started [for the next-generation iPad]. There are three suppliers - [Samsung, Sharp, and LG Displays]," said Richard Shim, an analyst at NPD DisplaySearch, in an interview with Cnet News.

Although the launch of Apple iPad 3 is imminent and will not be a surprise, the only thing that is known about the iPad 3 for sure is that it will sport a new screen with 2048*1536 resolution. Other rumours point to quad-core A6 system-on-chip with a new graphics core, which is logical, considering the increase of the resolution. Some point to support for 4G/LTE connectivity, new types of batteries and so on. Some believe that the next iPad 3 will be thicker and heavier than existing one. Naturally, Apple does not comment on rumours.

A good news for the iPad 3 is that it will likely show up relatively shortly: March or even February. In fact, the first finished devices are projected to leave Foxconn's factories already in December.

"It takes a couple of weeks for the production to go to the ODMs (the manufacturers). Then the manufacturer puts them in the housing. Then, that goes off to shipment. We could start seeing finished devices produced in December. And then being ready to be shipped in January. With volumes gearing up in February and March," added Mr. Shim.

In case Apple manages to release a slate with beyond full-HD resolution, the market of media tablets will be redefined once again. Moreover, the device with better resolution and increased performance will get a chance to address new markets that benefit from high-quality screens.

Tags: Apple, iPad, Samsung, LG Electronics, Sharp

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Its crazy to think that this rez will be higher then a 65" TV but on an 10" Screen, thats just nuts.

My 30" Dell is only just larger at 2560x1600 rez but still thats 30" not 10.
1 0 [Posted by: vid_ghost  | Date: 11/24/11 02:07:47 PM]
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I have a 30" Dell too. But I view my monitor around 2 to 2.5 feet away. And tablet users usually view their device much closer (maybe 1 foot away) So the high res actually makes some sense.

I also think that the current tablets' resolution aren't high enough. iPad has 133ppi, most of the rest have around 149ppi. Hopefully next year 200ppi will be the norm for new tablets. 266ppi in iPad3 maybe too expensive at this technology stage.
1 1 [Posted by: gjcjan  | Date: 11/25/11 06:26:29 AM]
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if i want one with an PLS panel from Samsung how would i know that? i think they should differentiate them somehow, so we can know the type of the panel used.
0 0 [Posted by: 63jax  | Date: 11/25/11 06:00:28 AM]
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I wonder how do you play games on the native resolution??? Anybody think about that? Even the latest top card from nVIDIA and ATI are struggling when playing games on resolution over 1080p, not to mention the integrated GPU crap from the tablet...hehe. 5fps should be top speed on those "retina" tablets....
0 0 [Posted by: TAViX  | Date: 11/26/11 02:24:26 AM]
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No problem at all. Angry Bird and similar games will be fine with the resolution. You will only need powerful graphics when you are running effect intensive 3D games. And you won't want to play those games with a touch screen anyways.
0 0 [Posted by: gjcjan  | Date: 11/26/11 12:03:39 PM]
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yeah the ipad is not a gaming machine lol. So of course it's not made to play games like crysis 2 that require a lot of graphical power especially at those resolutions. Maybe when the ipad 8 or 9 comes out it may be able to by then at those resolutions. lol
0 1 [Posted by: SteelCity1981  | Date: 11/28/11 09:42:50 PM]
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