Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Apple testing 2,048 x 1,536 iPad Samsung, LG LCDs for future iPads

If you recall the rumors about a double-pixel density iPad from earlier in the year, it seems Apple might indeed be testing 2,048 x 1,536 resolution LCD displays.

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The Korea Times claims the iPad3 will feature a Samsung or LG display with that resolution, and that Apple is currently quality-testing them, now. Earlier reports said that there wasn't enough yield for Apple to move to a new display which would quadruple the number of pixels in the iPad 2.

Testing of the new screens is expected to be completed sometime in Q3. That could rain on the parade of those expecting an iPad 3 in September or October, as there would, of necessity, be some production ramp up time required.

A source close to the talks said "Apple’s upcoming iPad 3 will feature an improved display to support quad extended graphics (QXGA), a display resolution of 2048×1536 pixels with a 4:3 aspect ratio to provide full high definition (HD) viewing experience. Apple has traditionally preferred to use the same providers of the same parts for the same device, even as they evolve to different versions. I don’t see any fundamental change to that approach."

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Both LG and Samsung are able to use a technique based on the use of low temperature polysilicon to create these high-pixel density displays. If Apple is able to ship iPads with these new LCDs, it will be able to claim the marketing puffery of "retina displays" on the iPad as well as the iPhone

It continues to be amusing to watch Samsung and Apple in their on-again, off-again relationship. Apple is a huge customer of Samsung's, but at the same time, it has sued Samsung over the similarity of several of its devices to iDevices.

In fact, Kim Byeong-ki, an analyst at Kium Securities, said that Samsung will make money off of Apple with these tablets, but will also hurt itself at the same time. "Apple will be looking to boost the shipments of its upcoming iPad to distance itself further from tablet rivals like Samsung."

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