It's high time we give you a round-up of all the iPad 3 rumors that have been floating and what it's all building up to. As of now, one thing is pretty much on consensus; that being the 2048×1536 resolution of the next-gen iPad, although the form factor is still being discussed with this upcoming high resolution display.
Right at the start of November, a report surfaced claiming the presence of a couple of light bars in the upcoming model, in order to cater to its much higher resolution, which kind of goes in line with the claim that surfaced last regarding the thickness of the next-gen iPad, stating that it will be 0.7 millimeters thicker in width - mainly to easily fit in the two light bars for extra resolution.
More regarding the iPad 3's 2048×1536 display came at the start of this week when DisplaySearch analyst, Richard Shim hinted at CNET, to point towards the continuity of the use of IPS (in-plane) technology in the new display as well.
What's latest is a report from Forbes, coming at the hands of Jeffries analyst Peter Misek, denying the use of IPS technology in iPad 3 design and stating that Apple has actually poured in an amount between $500 million to $1 billion for a new equipment, which will make it realistically possible for Sharp to produce a thinner and lower-power display, along with accommodating the high resolution.
Rumors have it that Sharp and Apple together have managed to tailor IGZO technology to an extent that 330 DPI has been achieved, which can suffice for an HD display without the use of IPS technology. This will also prevent the possibility of using a dual bar LED backlight as discussed at the beginning of this post. What greater good this customization can bring to the iPad 3 is the thinness and a longer battery life, apart from the obvious higher resolution, which is the foremost aim.
With all these reports kept in mind, you do know where we're heading in terms of the next-gen iPad's design. As things break in, we'll keep you posted.
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