iPad 3 high-res display production ramping up strongly, say sources

“As Apple has selected… LG Display and Sharp as the suppliers of 9.7-inch QXGA (2,048 x 1,536) panels for use in a new version of the iPad, shipments of such high-resolution panels began in the fourth quarter of 2011 and will exceed those of XGA panels used in iPad 2 in the second quarter of 2012, according to Taiwan-based supply chain makers,” Rebecca Kuo and Adam Hwang report for DigiTimes.

“The shipment volume of iPad 2 panels will decrease from 48.0 million units in 2011 to an estimated 25.0 million units in 2012, while an estimated 40.0 million panels for use in the new version of iPad will be supplied in 2012, the sources pointed out,” Kuo and Hwang report.

Read more in the full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Fred Mertz” for the heads up.]


  1. Considering the source, this may mean something, or do not mean anything at all.

    But if LG Display and Sharp are manufacturing 9.7″ Retina displays, then this does not sound nonsensical — both of these companies have license for IPS technology from Hitachi Display (contrary to Samsung).

  2. I hate all the “know-it-alls” who use the same line.. Sources say… I thought we left that crap behind us as teenagers “Someday called you a blah blah blah and says that your a this and a that, but i can’t say who is saying it”. no source=irrelevant and has no weight behind it to be more factual than a house-wife’s afternoon soaps on tv.

  3. Did I miss something? What happened to that article a couple of weeks ago about Sharp being dropped because of quality issues and only LG and Samsung were supplying the displays.

    1. We are post 1984. Get with the program. The Sharp story went into the memory hole. Stay tuned for the report coming out next week, when they report LG is out and Sharp and Samsung will supply the display.

  4. If — and that’s a big If — the article is accurate, the most significant point for me is the estimate of 65 million iPads produced and sold in 2012.

    That compares to 48 million in 2011 … a 35% increase.

    Additional revenue growth might come from a smaller (7.85″?) iPad released later in the year … maybe in time for the Christmas holidays.

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