Apple iPad 3 Retina Display Causing Trouble for LG and Samsung

October 27, 2011, By Leo Xavier

The Apple iPad 3 is expected to arrive in Q1 2012, and as usual the company is aiming high. Apple appears to have decided to incorporate a Retina Display-like resolution into the iPad 3. But that display has now become a big challenge for its manufacturers.

According to the latest info, the new display for the iPad 3 is in the production stage at LG Display and Samsung, although, as you know, Samsung is still busy with legal struggles against Apple.

But both the display manufacturers are finding it hard to produce the display in volume.


Sources suggest that the company has planned to bring out its tablet with a display resolution of 2048 x 1536. That’s double that of the current iPad.

According to a source:

 “But whether manufacturers [LG and Samsung] can make them in volumes that Apple demands is the question. They have production plans for 2,048 x 1,536 displays. Starting in November. But those are only plans at this point. It’s not a question of making just one. That, of course, can be done. The challenge is making lots of them. This is a quantum leap in pixel density. This hasn’t been done before.”

Coming out with an awesome display is a great idea. But it will be trouble for the company if the displays are not ready on time.

Earlier, rumors suggested that Apple was planning to launch the iPad 3 before the end of this year. But later, reports began suggesting a 2012 release date. It was being reported that the major hurdle for the company was display production.

Meanwhile, Apple appears to have a plan B if the higher resolution displays are not available on time. They are also considering a 1600 x 1200 display for the iPad 3.

But that resolution will definitely cause issues for developers who have already churned out apps for the current iPads since it would not be a clean multiple of the current 1024 x 768 display.

As you might know, Apple’s iPhone 4, which comes equipped with the Retina display, came with 960 x 640 resolution, double that of the previous 480 x 320 display in each dimension. After its arrival, many developers created apps with support for the Retina display.

More info on the matter will be available soon. So stay tuned to this space. In the meantime, you can place your comments below. Do you think that the manufacturers will churn out the higher resolution iPad 3 displays on time?

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