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The Final Design Of The New iPad May Not Have Been Exactly What Apple Wanted

by on May 6th, 2012

If you are a big fan of Apple and their products, you have probably followed the rumour mill and the various “leaked” design specs. The final product that we get from Apple is sometimes surprising, compared to the rumours we have heard. A recent report by CNET suggests that the final version of The New iPad was not the final design they wanted, and they may have just settled on this design.

When the iPad 3 (new iPad, whatever, :P ), was announced and the specs were released, a few Apple fanboys were taken aback upon learning that the newer version of an iOS device was indeed thicker than the previous. We have become accustomed to no change, with Apple just tacking an “S” on to the name of a device, but not a thicker design.

In this new report from CNET, Raymond Soneira, (CEO of DisplayMate Technologies) suggests that Apple meant for the design of the iPad 3 to be identical to the iPad 2, and not gain the extra thickness. Soneira says Apple had hoped to use Sharp’s new IGZO technology, making the retina display thinner, and fitting in to the design of the iPad 2.

“The plan was to use this new technology called IGZO from Sharp — a lot higher electron mobility that allows them to make the transistors a lot smaller and the circuit elements a lot smaller. There’s no question that the iPad 3 is Plan B. They pushed amorphous silicon to a higher [pixels per inch] than anybody else. But the light throughput is not good. So it has roughly twice as many LEDs, and they had to get a 70 percent larger battery.”

Apple’s strict release schedule forces them to use whatever technologies are available to them, within their production schedule. It would seem that Apple’s display partners, Sharp and Samsung, just didn’t have this newer technology ready for the retina display, so Apple had to go with plan B.

In my opinion, the new iPad’s retina display is absolutely stunning, and the extra thickness of the overall design doesn’t bother me at all. Do you think Apple should have waited for the IGZO tech, to release the new iPad?

[via CNET]

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  • http://twitter.com/TyPhone Tyrestrial

    Im good with it 

  • Nascar Dog

    Why wait. They sold millions of them as is.
    They can use this new tech for the next release.
    The Pad 4 will be thinner, lighter, faster, last longer and be the same price.

  • LoWd0Wn

    I am happy with it too – mind you I had the 1 before and not the 2 .

  • Dkimak

    I wanted a device with more memory (128GB or 256GB), the extra thickness was a non-issue

  • Kirk

    Yeah that’s certainly a non-issue in my book. I’m replying to the forms right now on my iPad. :-)