Rumor: Supply Strain Hindering Apple iPad 3 Launch

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While rumors of an iPad 3 set for a late 2011 launch have been mounting for months, it appears the high-DPI screen tablet will be delayed (if the device actually exists) according to new reports. 

iPad 2Previous reports of the iPad 3 claimed the device would have a 9.7-inch display with 2048 x 1536 pixels, up from the iPad and iPad 2’s 1024 x 768 resolution. However, the high-resolution display is at the very limit of current large-scale LCD manufacturing capability. New reports reveal that Sharp is the only company capable of making such panels with reliability, while Samsung and LG apparently can’t produce the panels in sufficient quantities. 

Rumors indicate that Apple had already placed orders, previously hoping to have at least five or six million units by the end of the year. Though new reports have surfaced stating those orders have disappeared. With Apple relying on an OEM like Sharp, the iPad maker is limited by the supply maker’s capabilities. 

Apple may have to delay the launch of the next iPad and concentrate on pushing out the iPad 2. The same report estimates as many as 30 million iPad 2s will be shipped in Q2, 2011.

Source: TechCrunch via DigiTimes 




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