For the next few months we’re all going to have to get through an ever-increasing wave of iPad 3 rumors and speculation. It’s going to be the next big Apple device launch, and could be one of this most exciting ones, if the recent rumors are correct.
The Retina display was one feature on the iPhone 4 that really made it stand out against its competition. Sharpness was unparalleled for the time, but its soon being caught up. The closest thing yet to competition is currently dominating the front face of the Ice Cream Sandwich-loaded Galaxy Nexus S.
The tablet market is a different story. It’s home territory for Apple as it holds over 60% share hold. In an area where many manufacturers have tried, and failed to match the iPad’s dominance, the California design team is set to ensure the slate will be top priority for tablet seekers for at least another year. According to CNET – contacted by analyst, Richard Shim – the latest display panels are already going in to production.
Itâ€™s happening â€“ QXGA, 2048Ã—1536. Panel production has started [for the next-generation iPad]. Thereâ€™s three suppliers. [...] It takes a couple of weeks for the production to go to the ODMs (the manufacturers). Then the manufacturer puts them in the housing. Then, that goes off to shipment. We could start seeing finished devices produced in December. And then being ready to be shipped in January. With volumes gearing up in February and March
If the speculation is true, we’ll see the iPad stamp its authority all over the $500+ price bracket. It seems the only way to compete with the Apple tablet’s popularity is by releasing heavily discounted products. Amazon’s Kindle Fire will be the closest in terms of sales, but it is losing Amazon money on hardware – the online giant clearly hoping for the layoff to be balanced by selling digital media.
So, will a double resolution display have you all dribbling and pining? Or is it just another expected improvement that fails to impress? Comment below, or send me a tweet.