Apple testing retina displays from Samsung and LG for the iPad 3?

Apple has apparently started testing display panels made by Samsung and LG for its next generation iPad 3 according to The Korea Times. The article claims that both companies are close to signing a deal with Apple.  The screens are thought to have a huge resolution increase over the current iPad 2 display which is 1024 x 768. The new panels are believed to be “Retina” displays at a resolution of 2048 x 1536; with the same 4:3 aspect ratio.

Apple’s upcoming iPad 3 will feature an improved display to support quad extended graphics (QXGA), a display resolution of 2048×1536 pixels with a 4:3 aspect ratio to provide full high definition (HD) viewing experience,’’ said a source close to the talks.

The display panels are said to be going through various tests at laboratories in China and should be complete in the third quarter of this year.

Now when you put this rumor alongside the recent story of a second iPad release this year; with a retina display, it all starts to make a little sense. If the panels pass all of Apples tests in the third quarter, we may well see the rumored release in October. Of course you never know anything for sure until it is officially announced. I still think it is a bit of a long shot and really don't think it's going to happen this year!

[The Korea Times]

 

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I don't think it's going to happen either. I think they're going to make the iPhone 4 a "world phone" and at the same time make the iPad a "World iPad". Doing so will require a hardware redesign on both. I think this is the source of the rumors for the iPad 3.
It just doesn't make sense to release an HD iPad this close. Two major upgrades at the same time? Apple knows it will be forcing a large portion of it's users to choose or or the other. It would make more sense for them to spread out the releases so that people will buy both.

Wow. That's a lot of pixels. For some perspective, the special "hi rez" version of the 15-inch MacBook Pro screen is only 1050 pixels high.

Half the reason I have a 17" MBP is because the 15" is lacking WUXGA (1920x1200) resolution, which sucks.

I LOVE IT! "Retina" is just a marketing term and I'll gladly consider anything upward of 250ppi "Retina". lol...The pixel density on the iPhone 4 is just incredible and I have always enjoyed high-end screens. It helps that iPhone 4 and iPad 1 and 2 displays also have IPS technology. Another huge difference over everything else. (sorry, but IPS>OLED, whatever).
I'm a bit miffed that MacBook Pro's (and its notebooks in general) continue to lack IPS, which, when you're used to it, makes even a $2,700 17" MBP's screen look mediocre. Next refresh hopefully.

Sorry but I've done quite a few side by side comparisons and SAMOLED kinda poops on "Retina" and IPS... Everything is just so sharp and vibrant. You really can't understand it until you've actually seen them side by side.

Who are you kidding? If Apple is still testing the screen and has not chosen the supplier, it means that they don't even know how the screen fits into the new device, let alone have mass production ready for an October release. It all points out to a 2012 release at the earliest.

It will definitely need a very fast "video card" or video adapter, to actually move that many pixels efficiently.
Look at what happened to the benchmarks of the iphone 4 vs the 3gs. Games played with a lot slower frame rate on the i4 than the 3gs because of the higher resolution/pixel density.

Apple will be preparing for a new IPad, though they can easily run through this next Holiday season with the IPad2 and be very comfortable. The competition is warming up but they are not there yet. It would make sense to milk the 2 which is more than powerful enough, let others throw out their products and then hit with a new IPad next year with major increases in feature set and power.

Thank goodness if they do realease a new iPad early I have family and friends who like to buy my old devices so I can get the newest one!

Really hope they dont release a new one till atleast next summer. I want to purchase Ipad2 this september! Will be pissed if they release a new one for christmas!

I think the new iPhone4 has a massive rseecn flaw/shortcoming. It's the little AT&T logo on the upper left portion of the rseecn and utterly destroys the UE. When it's on Sprint, I can buy one.