iPad 3

iPad 3 Screen Could Feature Sharp IGZO Technology

News of Apple's move towards IGZO (indium gallium zinc oxide) technology in the iPhone 5 display is not new, however reports have surfaced that show Apple could be using IGZO in the next generation iPad. The current iPad uses an IPS (in-plane switching) display, which provides a large viewing angle.

Sharp IGZO diagram

As seen in the diagram above from Semiconductor Portal, one advantage of an IGZO display is improved electron mobility. This means display pixels can be smaller (higher resolution) and more light passes through the IGZO display from the backlight. This reduces the brightness level needed from the backlight and saves power.

iPad 3 Rumors: Apple to Release Two New iPads in 2012, No 7-Inch iPad! (Updated)

Contradicting their previous report that Apple is working on a 7.85-inch iPad, the DigiTimes writes that Apple will release a "complete iPad series targeting the entry-level, mid-range and high-end market" in 2012. The iPad 2 will be reduced to compete with the Amazon Kindle Fire, and the next-generation iPads will "focus on the mid-range and high-end segments," according to sources in the supply chain.

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The new iPads will feature 9.7-inch screens, QXGA resolution (1,536x2,048 pixels) and the rumored dual OLED backlights we keep hearing so much about. The new "high-end version" of the iPad will feature an increased battery capacity of 14,000mAH compared to 6,500mAH used currently. Both new devices will use the quad-core A6 processor being manufactured by Samsung.

iPad 3 Home Buttons Pop Up In China

iPad 3 home buttons have popped up in China and 9to5Mac got the fist look at them. As you can see below there is not much of a difference between the iPad 2 and iPad 3, but it does prove that the home button is not going to be larger or totally removed like some rumors have suggested. According to 9to5, the new iPad 3 home buttons are "floating around right now-in large quantities" confirming rumors that the iPad 3 is in production.

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Before the holidays we learned that Apple could be aiming for a Feb. 24 iPad 3 launch in honor of Steve Jobs' birthday. Other rumors have suggested either a February or March release. The new 2048 x 1532 iPad 3 panels began shipping in November, and iPad 3 replacement parts have already been spotted for sale online. Hopefully everything goes as planned so we don't have another iPhone 5 disaster on our hands.

Apple to Release iPad 3 on Steve Jobs' Birthday?

According to Focus Taiwan, iPad manufacturers are working overtime to release the iPad 3 on Feb. 24 to mark Steve Jobs' birthday anniversary. OEMs and ODMs are asking their employees to work during the holidays to meet the deadline.

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"To meet the iPad3 delivery date, the sources said, main assembler Hon Hai Precision Industry's iPad division will only allow its employees to take five days off during the Lunar New Year holiday, while staff at the company's other divisions will have a longer holiday."

Rumor: Apple to Release iPad 3 and iPad Mini in 2012

Amazon has proven that affordable smaller tablets can sell well, but are they selling well enough to force Apple to change their opinion about 7-inch displays? According to a recent report from the DigiTimes, Apple plans to begin production of a 7.85-inch iPad next year. The smaller tablet, dubbed the "iPad mini," will be available in Q4 of 2012, and the iPad 3 will still launch in February or March of the same year. DigiTimes claims Apple will purchase the 7.85-inch panels from LG Display and AU Optronics, and that production of the new models will begin at the end of the second quarter of 2012.

iPad mini Christmas 2012

The success of the Kindle Fire has revived old rumors about a smaller iPad that date as far back as 2010. The Korean Times wrote in November of 2011 that Apple met with LG Display to discuss production of 7-inch displays, and a few analyst have restarted the iPad mini rumor mill this year as well. The device will reportedly feature the same resolution as the iPad 2, and will be Apple's answer to the growing demand for more affordable tablets.

iPad 3 Redesigned Parts Already For Sale

Now that reports have surfaced of a possible February or March iPad 3 launch, Asian suppliers have started to offer iPad 3 components for sale. The latest part to spring up is a wholesale microphone flex cable ribbon, which according to photos from TVC-Mall is much different than its predecessor.

iPad 3 leaked parts wholesale

The new part, pictured above, could indicate a major redesign of the next generation iPad hardware. The site claims this microphone ribbon cable is an authentic replacement part for the iPad 3, however similar claims have had a mixed record when it comes to accuracy.

iPad 3 Ready For February Launch?

Production on the iPad 3 is moving along and the next generation device should be ready to launch in February, according to Citi analyst Richard Gardner. Gardner wrote that "several sources" have confirmed the iPad 3 will launch early next year.

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The new 2048 x 1536 displays for the iPad 3 started shipping in November making earlier estimates for a release in March. The new iPad is rumored to be thicker to accommodate the new dual OLED backlights, and there may return of the curved profile we seen in the original iPad. The iPad 3 should also feature the new A6 chip which is currently being produced by Samsung.

iPad 3 Thicker According to Prototype Case Design

More evidence of a thicker iPad 3 design has surfaced from Asian suppliers. The latest report from Macotakara claims to reveal an iPad 3 prototype case photo, as seen below. This prototype is incredibly boring, and indicates no cutouts for a rear camera or any other distinguishing marks that help prove it's an iPad case.

If this silver blob means anything, the iPad 3 will not only be thicker, but the back of the iPad 3 could be a return to the curved profile see in the original iPad. This form factor was replaced by the second generation iPad's flat back and thinner profile. If Apple is indeed planning to increase this dimension on the iPad 3, there had better be a good reason.

Kindle Fire a Gateway Tablet For the iPad?

JP Morgan analyst Mark Moskowitz believes the Amazon Kindle Fire is only the beginning for first time tablet owners, and Kindle buyers will eventually "gravitate to more feature-rich" tablets like the iPad.

Moskowitz recently talked with Apple CEO Tim Cook and CFO Pete Oppenheimer who said people are replacing their home computers with tablets. They believe Kindle owners will eventually want to upgrade to a larger screen and more features like cellular data access once they get a taste of what tablets have to offer. Apple also thinks Amazon's success will be the death of other Android tablets since Apple and Amazon are the only two companies who can provide the total tablet experience.

Kindle vs iPad

I don't see a lot of Kindle owners jumping at the chance to spend more money on a second device unless Apple drops the price of the older generation iPads after the release of the iPad 3. A recent UK poll revealed that 46 percent of iPad owners didn't believe they were getting their money's worth, because they hardly use the device at all. It's also little early to start making predictions about the Kindle Fire's influence on the tablet market since it has only been out a few weeks.

iPad 3 Display Could Feature Sharp IGZO Tech

Sharp has often been cited as one of Apple's current display suppliers, however the importance of Sharp technology to the design of the iPad 3 may have been underestimated. LG Display and Samsung have also been providing displays to Apple for its devices, but if sources at AppleInsider are correct, it's Sharp that will soon take center stage.

iPad 3 Retina display Sharp IGZO

The report revolves around groundbreaking IGZO technology that is ready for mass production and provides Apple with an alternative to the current IPS LCD display used in the iPad and iPad 2. The advantage of IPS is its wide viewing angle, but Apple is always on the lookout for lighter, more efficient components for its designs.

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