Apple iPad 3 QXGA Display Production Begins; 3 Manufacturers Roped in

November 23, 2011, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

Let’s talk iPad 3, shall we? The panel production for the third generation iPad has started.

And, Apple has roped in three companies, in their jump from 1024 x 768 resolution to 2048 x 1536.

It is being said that the QXGA, 2048×1536 phenomenon is on. Panel production has started for the next-generation iPad.

CNET quotes Richard Shim, an analyst at DisplaySearch, as saying that three companies –  Samsung, Sharp, and LG –  are busy with the production.

Three suppliers would mean that the manufacturing of 10 inch class QXGA screen in large quantities is definitely a big deal.

Though it is believed that there would be concerns about adequate supply given the resolution of the display, three different suppliers could mean that they would have enough to launch the product.

As to when the world would get to see the device, Shim has said it takes a couple of weeks for the production to go to the ODMs (the manufacturers).

Then the manufacturer puts them in the housing. Then, that goes off to shipment.

So, we need to guess that we would start seeing finished devices produced in December. And then, they will be ready to be shipped in January, with volumes increasing in February and March.

I the meantime we also get to hear that Apple might think of a mini-iPad with a 7.58 inch screen too, with Amazon Kindle Fire likely to stir up demand for smaller tablets.

Sounds cool, right?

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