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Apple Testing HD Retina Displays for iPad 3 Pro

The next iPad could come complete with its own high definition Retina display as Samsung and LG have both allegedly submitted hardware to Apple for testing. According to a report by the Korea Times both companies are vying for iPad business as Apple readies the third generation of its tablet computer.

ipad 3 high resolution screen

Previous reports suggested the iPad 3 could come in two varieties, a standard model and a Pro version which would undoubtedly feature an improved display. Sources at the Korea Times claim the upgraded resolution comes in at 2048 x 1536 pixels, quadruple the screen resolution seen on current iPad models.

Sears Says: Sorry, $69 iPad Not Gonna Happen!

I know how Sears feels. When I was younger I worked for a large retail store where people would regularly bring me expensive items and tell me they found them in a dump bin or on the discount shelf. A lot of them cited some fictional law that said I had to give them the discounted price. I spent many wasted hours of my life explaining why people couldn't buy a pair of $100 brand name sneakers for only $10.

sears

Sears is facing a similar headache after they accidently listed the 16GB iPad 2 for $69 on their website. The retail store blamed a third party seller for the mistake, and informed people who bought the discounted device, that they wouldn't be honoring the false sale price after it went viral on Facebook and Twitter.

Leaked Photo Reveals Possible iPad 3 Part

A Chinese website named Apple.pro, leaked a picture of a new Apple part purportedly from the iPad 3.

The internal component shown below, is labeled 821-1259, which is an increase from the iPad 2 part labeled 1180. Apple.pro thinks that this means the iPad 3 will be a brand-new model with a new design, and not the iPad 2 Plus, or iPad HD as previously rumored. The author also noted a white, outward-facing plug, and pointed to this as proof that the next-generation iPad will probably be offered in the same colors as the iPad 2.

ipad 3 white

According to Apple Insider, Apple.pro has a so-so record when it comes to Apple leaks. The website previously published early photos of the white and black front panels for the iPhone 4, but in 2009, they reported that Apple was working on a certain MacBook that never materialized.

Apple.pro also mentioned that Apple has launched an internal investigation into leaks, possibly meaning there will be far less in the future.

HP TouchPad Getting Facebook App Before iPad?

Leaked photos posted on TechCrunch look suspiciously like an official Facebook app running on the upcoming HP TouchPad. This will come as a surprise to iPad owners, who have been waiting for their own Facebook app to complement the iPhone version already available on the App Store. Recent reports indicate an official Facebook iPad app is coming in a matter of weeks, however a release date has not been announced.

Facebook app HP TouchPad

The iPad software is said to be in its final testing stages, with a slick new design optimized for the iPad touch screen and cameras. The HP TouchPad is slated to ship with its own Facebook application this Friday, pictured above. This gives the WebOS tablet a lead over the iPad in at least one arena.

AT&T Leak Points to LTE Capable iPad 3? Probably Not.

Over the weekend, a now notorious group of hackers named Lulzsec, released the quarry from their latest hacking endeavor to the public. One of the released items, a leaked internal document from AT&T, was interpreted by the blog iFans to contain indications that AT&T will be testing an LTE-capable iPad as part of their coming LTE rollout.

at&t leak suggest ipad 3 lte

It is important to note that the leaked document doesn't specifically mention the iPad 3, or an "LTE iPad". It does, however, include the iPad as a device that will be tested as part of the LTE rollout. The portion of the document in question is specifically related to LTE rollout and LTE testing, and the inclusion of the iPad in this list is what is being interpreted as a hint that the coming iPad 3 will support LTE.

More iOS 5 Rumors: iPad 3 to Have Retina Display?

Developers working with Apple's unreleased iOS 5 software have uncovered more details about the next-generation iPad device, and the possibility that the iPad 3 may feature "Retina Display." TechUnwrapped reports that iOS 5 for iPad contains 1,536 x 2,048 resolution images in the Twitter and Newsstand.framework, which is double the image size displayed by current iPad models (1024 x 768 pixels).

iPad 3

TechUnwrapped says if this larger resolution is intended for the next iPad then it will most likely feature Retina Display, however, since the images can only be found in the Twitter.framework, it doesn't support the belief that the next-generation iPad will launching with iOS 5 this fall.

iPad 3 This Christmas? The Rumor Mill Churns

From the iPhone 5 being announced, to a second iPad being released in 2011, it seems like the Worldwide Developers Conference, which kicks off this Monday, has the rumor mill churning. Here is the latest:

iPad 2 HD

Today the Asian research firm CLSA put visions of iPad 3s dancing in Apple fanboys and fangirls' heads.

"While most vendors appear fixated on matching the specs and features of iPad 2, our checks suggest Apple will release iPad 3 in time for the holiday season, sporting a better display and LTE capabilities."

But will Apple really release a second iPad in 2011? Especially when they're having trouble keeping the iPad 2 in stock? Daring Fireball's John Gruber predicted they would in February, and Techland claims he "tends to be accurate with Apple predictions and has solid sources within the company." However, DigiTimes said in April that an iPad 3 being released this year may be "wishful thinking and misreporting."

"Sources from touch panel makers pointed out that Apple recently released its latest tablet PC plan and is asking the panel makers to provide products that are capable to support higher image quality than the current iPad 2 and Apple may even choose AMOLED panel or panel that support Full HD standard to accomplish the plan. However, since the project is still at the initial planning stage, the actual products are unlikely to appear in 2011."

Will the Third Generation iPad be the iPad 3D?

A convergence of technologies is bringing 3G imaging to a variety of consumer electronics including digital cameras and HD televisions. In many cases, these new displays don't require any cheesy glasses to render an image with depth. We've already seen researchers use the front camera of the iPad 2 to create a three-dimensional illusion, pictured below.

3D iPad head tracking front camera

They plan to release an app that will showcase this method of displaying 3D, which relies on head tracking software. Other methods of displaying 3D used in some devices rely on specialized displays. According to a recent report featured in PC Magazine, the iPad 3 could be next in line to receive the 3D treatment.

iPad 2 Parts: Apple Launching White iPad?

More iPad 2 parts have been leaked to 9to5 Mac revealing a white iPad 2 bezel. This part is designed to surround the display, which on current iPad models only comes in black.

Apple iPad 2 white bezel

iPhone 4 fans have been waiting for a white model since last summer, and Apple has yet to deliver. Everything from manufacturing problems to incompatibilities with the camera have been cited to blame for the missing white iPhone 4. Now it appears that Apple will throw everyone for a loop and offer the next generation iPad in white.

iPad 2 Could Feature Super PLS Display

Industry reports indicate that Apple will change its iPad 2 screen supplier to Samsung and may adopt new display technology in the process. Samsung Mobile Display revealed its Super Plane to Line Switching (PLS) LCD panel in November, and Apple is already rumored to have shown interest in the display.

Apple iPad 2 display Samsung super PLS

Super PLS improves viewing angles over the already impressive In-Plane Switching (IPS) displays found on current iPad models. In addition, Samsung's PLS screens are at least 10 percent brighter than existing IPS components.

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