Apple will shrink the iPad for its next iteration, an analyst claims, rubbishing claims that we were in for a thicker device that had been bulked up to accommodate a high density retina screen.
An iPhone 4/4S-style high res screen was expected to be included in the iPad 2. When it didn’t feature (a development many blamed on manufacturing challenges a large high density screen presented), the sense of disappointment was palpable.
Earlier this week, stories emerged claiming that the pin-sharp screen of tech types’ dreams will be present and correct in the iPad 3. But that to make way for a twin-light bar system that it requires, the tablet would be some 0.7mm thicker than the second-gen edition.
Not a bit of it, reckons analyst Peter Misek of Jefferies & Co. In a report to investors picked up on Forbes, he claims that Apple has been working with Sharp on tech that would pave the way for a super slim device that still rocks an HD screen.
To finance R&D, Apple has ploughed some $1 billion of investment into manufacturing facilities owned by Sharp, he said.
Misek stated: “Also, we believe that Apple and Sharp together have a modified IGZO (indium, gallium, zinc) technology to achieve 330 dpi, which is sufficient for an HD display while not using IPS nor having to include dual-bar LED backlighting.
“In our view, this should lead to several design advantages, namely the device can be thinner, battery life should be longer, and the overall experience for users should be meaningfully improved.”
Other mooted specs for Apple’s third slate include wireless stylus support, 4G connectivity and an E-ink screen option to boost the tablet’s credentials as an e-reader.