We have some more rumours backing up the recent developments of a probable 2012 iPad3 release date.
Turns out Apple could be punching above their weight in regards to their current rumoured spec’d screen that will come with the iPad 3. The iPad 3 is likely to have a 2048×1536 HD display, which is 4 times greater resolution that the current iPad. The problem is that these specs are really pushing the current LCD display manufacturing capabilities.
A rumoured 5-6 million unit order was placed by Apple earlier in the year to be delivered by the end of 2011. Reports say that this order has disappeared as manufacturers just simply cant meet the demand.
Samsung & LG apparently cant produce a profitable enough yield from their test batches. What this means is during the manufacturing process a certain number of units do not pass the final stage of testing, essentially making them unusable and therefore eating into profit margins. The only company that can make these with any sort of reliability is Sharp however it is unlikely they will be able to meet such a large order by the end of 2011.
The screens, once produced, would be some of the highest performing displays in the world, good news for us end users, however quite a brain ache for the tech’s in the labs. The problem is that Apple do not make their own screens so they are at the mercy of the manufactureres. If they cant be manufactured yet then there is nothing Apple can do except twiddle its thumbs patiently.