CNET is reporting after having spoken to a source inside Apple iPad 3 supply chain that producing a dense 10″ Retina display for the upcoming iPad has become a big challenge for the manufactures. The source claims that Apple wants iPad 3 to have a Retina-display-like resolution which according to Cupertino standards is a display with pixel density so high that your eye is unable to distinguish individual pixels at normal reading distance. The closest that iPad display manufacturers i.e LG and Samsung can get is 2048×1536 resolution, according to the source. That’s a pixels per inch (PPI) of 264 as opposed to 326 PPI in the iPhone 4/4S retina display.
Citing via CNET:
Whether manufacturers can make them in volumes that Apple demands is the question. “They have production plans for 2,048×1,536 displays. Starting in November. But those are only plans at this point,” said the source, referring to LG and Samsung.
“It’s not a question of making just one. That, of course, can be done. The challenge is making lots of them,” the source said. “This is a quantum leap in pixel density. This hasn’t been done before.”
If manufacturers are not able to hit the volumes necessary for the higher resolution, there is an interim option of 1,600×1,200, according to the source.
iPad 3 display is also expected to be much brighter that iPad 2, sporting a brightness of 550 nits as compared to a typical laptop with 350 nits.
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