Apple will forgo installing a higher-resolution display in the iPad 2, according to an IDC analyst. Instead, the iPad 3 will likely feature a Retina Display.
Apple will apparently forgo
including its high-definition Retina Display in the iPad 2, according to an IDC
analyst. Instead, the iPad 3 will be the company's first tablet capable of 2048
x 1536 resolution.
"I think the DigiTimes story
probably got the resolution right, but the iPad version wrong," IDC research
manager Tom Mainelli reportedly told PC World, in a quote then circulated on
sites such as Slashgear
. "Our sources say Apple has requested that manufacturers begin work on
displays with that resolution for the iPad 3."
Nor did Mainelli believe
those manufacturers "ready" to produce tablet-sized Retina Displays in
appreciable volume. "And Apple is going to require huge volumes for the iPad
The original DigiTimes story
suggested that the iPad 2's 2048 x 1536 resolution would play into Apple's
larger plans for its ecosystem. "The larger resolution should provide the
company's app developers more convenience, while all future applications will
be able to run under any of Apple's machines including the 27-inch iMac," reported the
publication Jan. 20
In theory, a
higher-resolution iPad display would be a major selling point for Apple as it
tries to fend off competition from a host of Android-based tablets such
as the upcoming Motorola Xoom
. Even without such a screen, though, rumors
circulating within the blogosphere suggest that the next-generation iPad will
include features such as a slimmed-down body and updated iOS.
Some of the scuttlebutt is
particularly radical; the blog Boy Genius Report, for example, suggested
in a Jan. 12 posting
that the next version of the iPad will lack a home
button, instead relying on multi-touch gestures to navigate to the home screen.
If true, that would bring the next-generation iPad in direct line with Research
In Motion's upcoming PlayBook tablet, which brings up the home screen with a
finger-flick across the bottom of the touch-sensitive casing.
DigiTimes suggested in a
recent report that both Motorola and RIM have
placed substantial tablet orders with their Taiwanese component makers
conjunction with an aggressive tablet push by Samsung with its Galaxy Tab, that
means Apple faces much fiercer tablet competition in 2011 than it did in 2010.
Apple remains officially
tight-lipped about when it will announce a second-generation iPad. The actual
unveiling, though, could vary substantially from the typical Apple event; with
CEO Steve Jobs on a leave of absence to focus on his health, COO Tim Cook or
another executive will likely have to step in as emcee for such a circus.