According to a new report by Digitimes, LG and Sharp, who have been finalized by Apple as suppliers of 2048 x 1536 resolution iPad 3 display panels, have increased shipments of such high-resolution panels. Total shipments of these new display panels, which began shipping in the fourth quarter of 2011, will exceed those of 1024 x 768 panels currently being used in the iPad 2 by Q2 of 2012. The report claims that the number of iPad 2 panels will fall to approximately 25 million in 2012 from an estimated 48 million in 2011. The source also points out that Apple’s suppliers will be shipping approximately 40 million iPad 3 panels this year.
Citing from the source:
“With fewer than one million panels shipped in the fourth quarter of 2011, Apple will keep increasing the shipment volume of panels for use in the new version of iPad to 6.0-7.0 million panels in the first quarter and 10.0 million units in the third quarter of 2012, the sources pointed out.
In the meantime, Apple has downwardly adjusted shipments of iPad 2 panels from the peak of 16.0 million panels in the third quarter to 10.0 million units in the fourth quarter of 2011 and further to 7.0-8.0 million units in the first quarter of 2012, the sources indicated. Thus, the shipment volume of panels for use in the new version of iPad will surpass that of iPad 2 panels in the second quarter of 2012, the sources noted.”
Earlier reports have suggested that the next-gen iPad 3 is due for a March 2012 launch with LTE connectivity, a quad-core processor, and the high-resolution Retina display while the current iPad 2 will continue to be offered at a lower price of US$199 - $399 in order to compete with tablets like the $199 Kindle Fire.
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