We have our ‘daily’ update on the rumored, but inevitable Apple iPad 3 to bring you now, as the latest whispers are suggesting that Apple are now at full steam ahead with production on their third-generation iPad device, but not without running into a few possible display conflicts in the meantime.
There has been a lot of debate prior to the iPad 3 coming out, on which company will be manufacturing the display that will be used on the device. Initial signs were pointing to Sharp being given the honor, but this report white we wrote back in November suggests that it will be a three horse race between Sharp, Samsung and LG.
A new article published by Korean website Electronic Times this week has provided a twist in the display battle though, claiming that Sharp has allegedly ‘failed’ to pass Apple’s approval process and as a result it will be LG and Samsung who will jointly supply LCD display components for the iPad 3. Their report also adds that Apple are taking no risks in terms of potential iPad 3 shortages, with a reported 65 million orders of LCD display panels from LG and Samsung, as noted by 9to5Mac.
As for an update on when the device will be coming out, we have again heard that the iPad 3 will be shipping in March, with iPad 3 components now being assembled by both Pegatron and Foxconn in China. Those of you that are hoping for a major design and hardware overhaul for the iPad 3 may be in for a disappointment though, as a report here claims that the iPad 3 will be mostly ‘exactly’ the same as the iPad 2, all be it for a few internal changes.
How important is the display manufacturer for you? It is worth noting that LG is Apple’s current display manufacturer for the iPhone 4 so perhaps they will stick with LG for the iPad 3 and leave Samsung to handle other component areas. Is it a big deal for you if Sharp do not provide the display for the iPad 3?