iPad 3 will be thicker; ‘coming in February 2012′

Ben Camm-Jones
11 December, 2011
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Despite the widespread belief among Apple-watchers that the next-generation iPad would launch in March 2012, a Citigroup analyst believes it could be earlier that that.

According to Business Insider, Citigroup’s Richard Gardner said in a research note that he expects the device to launch in February.

What’s more, the iPad 3 will have the higher resolution display that many have been hankering after, which he says will be double the screen resolution of the current model, the report says.

Gardner says that several of his sources have confirmed the slightly earlier release date and that “there do not appear to be any significant technical hurdles remaining”.

This contradicts earlier reports that Apple had been concerned about how to fit modified LED bars required for a higher-resolution display.

Gardner also said he thinks Apple will sell between 12 million and 13 million iPads in the final quarter of 2011.

In addition according to a separate report,  the iPad 3 is likely to be thicker than its predecessor but will support the Apple Smart Cover.

Macotakara, a Japanese technology blog with a dubious track record on Apple rumours, said that an Asian supplier which is providing parts for the next-generation iPad that the screen size will be the same as the iPad 2 but will be thicker for an “unknown reason”.

However, despite the additional thickness, it will still support the Apple Smart Cover, as “front rounding corner will be same with current iPad”.

While the report might seem a little doubtful in origin, it isn’t the first time we’ve heard about the next-generation iPad being thicker than its predecessor. Just last month, iLounge reported that the iPad 3 would be around 0.7mm thicker than the iPad 2.

This additional thickness is apparently required to accomodate dual-light bars needed for a higher resolution display. The higher resolution display, which is likely to be four times the current 2048 x 1536 according to reports, will need more than just a single LED light bar to maintain its brightness.

However, more recent reports cast doubt on the dual-light bar theory, with Apple planning to use Sharp’s IGZO (indium-gallium-zinc) LCD panels for the iPad 3 instead.

IGZO technology could be a good solution to Apple’s requirement for high-resolution, low-power displays as it doesn’t require the IPS (in-plane switching) panel technology to provide wide viewing angles, nor will it necessitate dual-bar LED backlighting.

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  1. macgirl54 says:

    “which is likely to be four times the current 2048 x 1536 according to reports”

    since when has the iPad had a resolution anything like this? My iPad is 1024×768 and to the best of my knowledge – so is everyone else’s.
    I’m not even sure that’s the photo resolution on the cam.

    Some clarification on this would be appreciated please….

    Of course, I should know better than to read the rumours – I just can’t help myself. I keep hoping Apple will bring the iPad out in a 7″ model.

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