Apple’s manufacturing partners are struggling to replicate the iPhone 4 and 4S’s high-density retina displays on the iPad 3, it has been claimed, amid speculation that a higher-grade screen will be among the next-gen tablet's key selling points.
According to an insider source cited by Cnet, LG and Samsung, who are contracted to provide the iPad 3’s screens, face a challenge achieving the 2048x1536 resolution that Apple is demanding.
Apparently, the problem lies in not manufacturing a single screen that offers the requisite resolution on the slate's ten inch screen real estate. That’s easy enough. However, issues arise when the displays have to be churned out in the huge volumes required for a new Apple product.
Cnet’s inside man said: "They have production plans for 2,048x1,536 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."
News of the rigours facing LG and Sammy come after the omission of a retina display from the iPad 2 caused major disappointment among iFans, after months of leaks suggested it was a dead cert for Apple’s second-gen tablet.