Report: Apple seeks iPad Plus manufacturer

Tim Grey
12 July, 2011
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Late last week, we reported a rumour that Apple is plotting a new, high-spec iPad, dubbed the iPad Plus, due for release in September. Speculation about the pro-level tablet has continued to heat up since then, with Taiwanese industry blog Digitimes claiming Apple is seeking a second manufacturer to put together the new device.

The company had previously relied solely upon Foxconn electronics to assemble its iPhone and iPad products, but a long string of accidents – including suicides, poisonings, claims of worker exploitation and, most recently, an explosion claiming the lives of three and injuring fifteen – has prompted Apple to seek another third-party manufacturer.

According to industry sources, Taiwanese companies Quanta Computer and Petagron Technology are in the running for the contract.

Digitimes is claiming the new iPad variant will be known as the ‘iPad 2 Plus,’ while Engadget is claiming it’ll be the ‘iPad HD’.

The most significant improvement in the new model is likely to be an improved, high-definition ‘Retina Display’, clocking in at 2048 x 1536 dpi. Claims of a higher-resolution device are backed up by 9to5Mac’s discovery of graphics double the size of current iPad displays buried deep within the iOS 5 SDK. Double-sized images for Apple’s iBooks app were found earlier this year, while 2X graphics were recently discovered for the Twitter and Newsstand frameworks.

While reports of the iPad 2 Plus are firmly in the ‘rumour’ camp at present, it’s an increasingly safe bet that the next iPad – whenever it’s released – will indeed feature an HD display.

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