Thinner iPad 3 Coming with Low-Power Retina Display?


macrumors bot
Original poster
Apr 12, 2001

Rumors of a high-resolution 2048x1536 display for the iPad 3 have been circulating for some time now, but the new display's effect on the device's form factor is still up for some debate.

A claim from earlier this month regarding Apple requiring two light bars in order to manage the much higher resolution of the iPad 3 was followed just last week with a report that the device will be 0.7 mm thicker than the iPad 2 in order to accommodate that dual light bar design.

More claims of a 2048x1536 display for the iPad surfaced earlier this week, with that analyst's source indicating that Apple will continue to use in-plane switching (IPS) technology for the new display.

But a new report from Jeffries analyst Peter Misek and shared by Forbes claims that Apple will not be using IPS on the iPad 3, and has in fact invested $500 million to $1 billion in new equipment to allow Sharp to produce the required displays using technology permitting a thinner and lower-power design.
Also, we believe that Apple and Sharp together have a modified IGZO (indium, gallium, zinc) technology to achieve 330 dpi, which is sufficient for an HD display while not using IPS nor having to include dual-bar LED backlighting. In our view, this should lead to several design advantages, namely the device can be thinner, battery life should be longer, and the overall experience for users should be meaningfully improved.
Misek noted in a separate report issued earlier today that Apple and Sharp are also working together on displays for an Apple television set, with a retooled Sharp manufacturing line preparing to begin mass production of those obviously much larger displays in February.

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macrumors 6502a
Jun 8, 2007
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Please take my money already


macrumors 6502a
Nov 20, 2009
London, UK
so LGD, Samsung, now Sharp.

I bet iPad 3 will be using a Pana plasma and will be only 2 inches thick.

Watch out, I'm an analyst, you read it here first.


macrumors regular
Jun 17, 2011
assuming they don't change screen sizes, 2048x1536 will only get them 264 dpi.

it would have to be 2560 x 1920 to be 330 dpi


macrumors 68030
Dec 14, 2009
Yardley, PA
The iPhone 3G and 3GS were both thicker than the original iPhone.
Exactly. Just because something may become a bit thicker, does not necessarily mean it became worse.

I look forward to what they come up with this time around. A milimeter here or there, not a big deal.


macrumors 6502a
Dec 1, 2007

You gotta think Sharp will be tied down fulfilling Apple's orders.

Brilliant way to suck the bone marrow from Sharp without buying a single share.


macrumors G4
Sep 15, 2011
Vilano Beach, FL
assuming they don't change screen sizes, 2048x1536 will only get them 264 dpi.

it would have to be 2560 x 1920 to be 330 dpi
Thanks for the quick calc, I saw the 330ppi and knew the 2x/2x resolution came up to ~264ppi.

I'd suspect they stick with the doubling and the 330ppi is maybe just a maximum design target ... though that's exciting about the possible use in a notebook!


macrumors 68020
Mar 4, 2005
If they can maintain those viewing angles, this sounds awesome. Leave it to Apple to fund some crazy awesome new LCD panel.

Retina display... drool worthy...


macrumors 65816
Nov 16, 2008
Great news in regards to the ongoing Sammy battle Hope Apple sticks it to them good!

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