In a recent publication by DigiTimes, it has been speculated that Apple might introduce an upgraded 9.7-inch New iPad in summer of 2012, according to a Chinese-language Apple Daily newspaper. Even though the paper’s claims are highly doubtful, the report can still be expected to ripple through the component supply chain and stir up production of tablet PCs. The report also notes that New iPad shipment volumes are expected to increase during the final quarter of this year.
According to the source:
The upgraded iPad is said to feature indium gallium zinc oxide (IGZO) panel technology to allow the device to feature an even thinner design and longer battery life. Panel supply will be shifted from Samsung to Sharp, the paper noted.
Currently, 60-70% of current iPad panels are supplied by Samsung, with the rest shared by LG Display and Sharp. But as Foxconn Electronics (Hon Hai Precision Industry) has recently made investments in Sharp, Sharp is expected to see its proportion rise to 50% for the upgraded iPad, added the paper citing its sources.
I personally don’t believe Apple needs to introduce an “upgrade” to a product which is only a few months old, don’t you think?
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