Is the iPad's display a slam dunk?

Does the new iPad's pixel-packing display make it a must-buy?

I haven't seen the 2,048x1,536 display up close (yet), but this CNET hands-on video gives you an idea. Apple's Web page devoted to the display also gives you a pretty good tour of the technology.

By offering four times the pixel count of tablets on the market today, Apple is clearly pushing the display technology envelope. From the ongoing discussions I've had with NPD DisplaySearch analyst Richard Shim, it seems clear that LG Display and Sharp are struggling with production. Though main supplier Samsung … Read more

Next-gen iPad: Sorting out screen, battery, chip, timing rumors

A wave of new iPad rumors broke Wednesday night. As usual, some are more credible than others.

First, Let's address the most credible information circulating out there centered on the screen and battery.

Screen: High probability that a QXGA, 2048x1536 display-toting iPad is coming, Richard Shim, an analyst at DisplaySearch, told CNET on Thursday, reiterating, in part, what he said earlier. "They started making the panels in November. In the first quarter, they're going to do about 8 million," he said. Suppliers include Sharp and LG Display.

Apple is also expected to tap IGZO (indium gallium … Read more

Next-gen iPad available in 3-4 months--report

Updates on the status of the next-generation iPad are becoming more frequent as the Asia-based supply chain gears up for production. That latest report says the next iPad will be available in three to four months.

Why by April? Component manufacturers have already started delivering next-gen iPad parts to original equipment manufacturers, according to a report in Taipei-based Digitimes.

Chinese device manufacturing giant Foxconn will begin to produce the future iPads in January and "ramp up" production volume starting in February, Digitimes said, citing a report in the Chinese-language Commercial Times, which, in turn, cites Kevin Chang, an … Read more

Production starts for iPad 3 QXGA display: Analyst

Production has started on the high-resolution displays destined for the next-generation iPad, while Apple eyes a 7.85-inch iPad further down the road, an analyst told CNET today.

"It's happening--QXGA, 2048x1536. Panel production has started [for the next-generation iPad]. There's three suppliers," Richard Shim, an analyst at DisplaySearch, said in an interview today. Shim confirmed other reports that cite three companies, Samsung, Sharp, and LGD.

That Apple is sourcing the display from three suppliers underscores the challenges of manufacturing a 10-inch-class QXGA screen in high volume. "I would imagine there would be concerns about [adequate] supply given the resolution of the display but you've got three different suppliers at this point. They should have enough to launch the product," Shim said. … Read more