We recently told you that the iPad 3 would not become available before Christmas of this year. This was down to the fact that Apple’s suppliers could not get enough displays made in time for the rumored fall release. Now we have news that the iPad 3 with Retina display is to follow the release of the iPhone 5 with an early 2012 release.
Apple are looking to continue its dominance of the tablet market, and according to AppleInsider via the Wall Street Journal the company’s suppliers are getting ready for a trial production of the high-resolution display for the next iPad.
Sources are claiming production will begin during October with a trial run of 1.5 million units. And the devices will have a 9.7-inch display with a resolution of 2048 x 1536. Also Apple has already begun receiving new processors for the iPad 3. Manufacturers will then begin increasing production in time for a release in early 2012.
This is not the first time the iPad 3 was rumored to feature a Retina display, there were even some rumors the iPad 2 could be having such a display. If the tablet PC had a Retina display it would provide a wider viewing angle with a clearer display in direct sunlight. It is thought the reason the iPad 2 didn’t get a Retina display was because manufacturing problems meant suppliers couldn’t meet the volumes that Apple required.
If Apple were to bring out an iPad with such a display it will provide images on a level with its 27-inch LED Cinema Display. Looking at photos or watching videos on the device would take on a whole new life, and provide images where pixel density is hardly noticeable just like the iPhone 4.
It will also help that Apple already has a user interface that works well with a 9.7-inch display, increasing the resolution won’t cause the same problems that boosting pixel density on desktop or notebook displays. The way that the iOS works will allow Apple to have both the iPad 2 and iPad 3 available, without causing fragmentation problems for developers or users. Applications will work normally on both devices supplying normal or double resolution graphics.
Many consumers will be happy that Apple is not releasing a new iPad just yet so soon after the last version. It does seem though that the next version will arrive in less than a year after the iPad 2, which is similar to the last refresh.
Would you like to see an iPad with a Retina display?