Apple 2nd Gen iPad (iPad 2) May Not Feature OLED Display Tech; Panel Shortage Cited

December 10, 2010, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

We need not tell you yet again the second generation iPad – fondly christened iPad 2 – is due for roll out some time during the first quarter of 2011. We have been excited over the fact that the device will run Retina resolution. However, the new update is that the device may not feature OLED display technology.

The reason is being attributed to demand overshooting supply.  Apple seems to be finding it tough to get hold of OLED panels and Samsung Mobile Display, which boasts of a total 98 per cent market share, has been unable to supply the numbers that Apple is looking for. The shortage is likely to stay on for a while.

This could mean that the Apple iPad 2 will have to do with traditional LCD display and bank only on IPS technology combined with a Retina display. The second generation iPad is not the only one affected.

We had earlier heard that the HTC Droid Incredible and some other devices too were forced to alter product features just due to the lack of adequate OLED panel supply.

Though Samsung has been striving hard to boost production of the OLED panels, the company has been under pressure from the demand for mass output of 4.2 inch AMOLED (Super AMOLED panels) that are put into play in devices such as the Galaxy S, Nexus S, and some of the Nokia and HTC smart handsets.

In such a scenario, it would be hard to believe that the OLED mass output will be ensured. This is even after Samsung had set up a new 5.5 gen plan some time earlier this year.
All you guys who have been waiting to play with the OLED enriched iPad 2 will have to make d with the Apple second generation device sans that feature.

In the meanwhile, all we can do is to hope for a windfall on the OLED front. Tell us what you think about this.

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