Analyst: iPad 3 with high-res, massive pixel count IGZO display to debut in April

“Sharp’s high-resolution IGZO display technology may not be out of the running for the iPad 3, according an analyst at DisplaySearch,” Brooke Crothers reports for CNET.

“Though there have been rumors claiming that Sharp’s IGZO (indium gallium zinc oxide) technology did not make the cut for the iPad 3, Charles Annis, a Kyoto, Japan-based analyst at DisplaySearch, thinks Sharp still has a good shot at the iPad 3,” Crothers reports. “The iPad 3 is expected to sport a 9.7-inch 2048×1536 resolution LCD, a much higher resolution than the iPad 2’s 1024-by-768 panel.”

Criothers reports, “[Annis says], ‘There’s not a single commercial IGZO FPD [flat-panel display] available right now. And if Apple does start accepting them for the iPad 3 and starts selling then in April, that would be a world’s first and we do think that’s likely to happen. Our thinking [for the release date of the iPad 3] is probably around April.'”

Read more in the full article here.

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14 Comments

      1. You’ll need a more powerful graphics processor, and there are hints that the A6 chip with its built in GPU will have much better power management, in which case the existing battery would be adequate, but battery tech is improving all the time as well. This could well be the iPad I finally buy.

    1. I’m holding Stephen King’s “11/22/63” in my hand right now, ApplePi. It weighs 2 lbs, 14.5 oz. My iPad weighs 1 lb, 6 oz. Are you dissatisfied with the weight of all hardback books as well? I have never understood this fascination with the supposed “weight” of today’s electronic devices. How did we ever make it from the era of Gutenberg to now with all of these back-breaking textbooks and paper-based instructional manuals in our hands? We should all look like Quasimodo now, I suppose, what with all this dead weight we’ve lugged around since childhood.

      Gawd . . . let’s all get to the gym and work out a little so these gravitationally challenged iPhones/iPads/Kindles/etc. don’t ruins our spines!

      1. Yes, but it’s strange to have something so small that is so heavy. It looks like a magazine and weighs like a hardcover book. That incongruence is what gets people. But as you say, all will be well.

  1. This will be the iPad I’ve been waiting for. Since iPad is now the flagship product, I expect any new design changes in the whole lineup to debut first on iPad.

    In that spirit, I wonder if iPad 3 will be something other than cut and carved aluminum. Until the iPad design changes I won’t expect the iMacs or MacBooks to change design.

    1. Let’s not forget BLN’s obsession with a larger iPhone screen and his repeated assertions that the iPhone 4S would fail miserably due to its lack of a larger screen.

      Tough to take anything he says seriously after that…

  2. I am still not sure at all that this display has necessarily to be IGZO.

    Regular IPS LCD technology — the same that enables production of iPhone Retina display — is still primary candidate.

    1. I often wonder if people here just comment without actually reading the original source (rather then the snippet MDN is only allowed to publish for copyright reasons) – you have just proved this is likely true:

      Quote: “Sharp is already mass producing them [IGZO displays], there’s no question about that.”

      They wouldn’t be mass producing them unless they had somewhere to ship them.

  3. April? With the quad A6? And the new film batteries? And, and, and? If April is true, the accessory manufacturers would already be leaking stuff. I’ll believe it when I see it…

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