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  • Apple Implementing New Back Lighting System in iPad 3


    Digitimes is reporting that Apple is planning to change how the iPad 3 is back lit in order to support the device's much rumored Retina Display.

    According to the report Appleís next-generation iPad will utilize a LCD panel with a higher resolution of 2048 x 1536 pixels. Apparently the increased resolution means the current iPadsí single LED light bar solution wont be enough to illuminate the iPad 3ís retina display.

    Vendors have offered up two solutions to Apple so far. One is to use a similar single-bar LED setup but use two LED chips inside. The other solution is to use dual-LED bars. The dual-LED light bar design will likely be the design Apple chooses according to Digitimes, as the vendors have solved heat dissipation and battery consumption issues.

    The last comment is particularly concerning. Battery life is a huge issue with tablets, and a particular strength of the iPad. The benefits of the iPad 3ís retina display are potentially huge, but if the downside is crippled battery life count me out. Powering two LEDís instead of one, if done poorly, could be damaging. But, this is all speculation. Digitimes has a hit-and-miss history with Apple rumors. Hopefully these problems implementing a Retina Display in the iPad 3 are more miss than hit.

    Source: Digitimes
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Apple to Implement New Back Lighting System in iPad 3 started by Phillip Swanson View original post
    Comments 10 Comments
    1. iLoveWindows&iPhone's Avatar
      iLoveWindows&iPhone -
      We all know Apple will not release a tablet/product that is bad in battery life. If that means they have to wait for retina, they will wait for retina...and therefore, so will we.
    1. Paco's Avatar
      Paco -
      Quote Originally Posted by iLoveWindows&iPhone View Post
      We all know Apple will not release a tablet/product that is bad in battery life. If that means they have to wait for retina, they will wait for retina...and therefore, so will we.
      Iphone 4S?
    1. reanimationxp's Avatar
      reanimationxp -
      I don't think "2 LED's instead of one" qualifies as a "new" backlighting system -_-

      Quote Originally Posted by Pancho paco View Post
      Iphone 4S?
      Mostly a software bug issue from what I hear.
    1. Happy363's Avatar
      Happy363 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Pancho paco View Post
      Iphone 4S?
      I have 4s with moderate use my batterie lasts around 40 hours I consider that good since my 3GS needed charged 2 sometimes 3 times a day!!
    1. redline11786's Avatar
      redline11786 -
      solar paneling? idk.
    1. flashkid4243's Avatar
      flashkid4243 -
      "Digitimes has a hit-and-miss history with Apple rumors."

      This is why journalism is bad now a days. honestly, if Digitimes was an unrealible source, then why would you post a story using that source and that source alone? You make no sense at all. The logic here kills me
    1. SergeantMAC's Avatar
      SergeantMAC -
      Quote Originally Posted by flashkid4243 View Post
      "Digitimes has a hit-and-miss history with Apple rumors."

      This is why journalism is bad now a days. honestly, if Digitimes was an unrealible source, then why would you post a story using that source and that source alone? You make no sense at all. The logic here kills me
      +1000000
    1. blkeagle1's Avatar
      blkeagle1 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Pancho paco View Post
      Iphone 4S?
      My 4S had great battery life even compared to my iPhone 4. However, now that I updated to 5.0.1 Beta 2, it's even better.
    1. redline11786's Avatar
      redline11786 -
      Quote Originally Posted by flashkid4243 View Post
      "Digitimes has a hit-and-miss history with Apple rumors."

      This is why journalism is bad now a days. honestly, if Digitimes was an unrealible source, then why would you post a story using that source and that source alone? You make no sense at all. The logic here kills me
      Quote Originally Posted by SergeantMAC View Post
      +1000000


      I think this article is totally valid as news since the "hit" part of your quoted text about Digitimes' history means there is still an unknown amount of validity to the story...something most people who follow Apple (especially in the months prior to a major release) should be used to. I'm glad the writers at modmyi.com write about ALL things considered Apple news because you really never know what they are going to come up/out with until they want us to know. They give us all the info so we can decide for ourselves whether its useful/entertaining or not. If you dont think so, then move on. Dont criticize anyone for doing their job, its a very annoying thing to do to someone. I'm sure we've all gone through it at some point or another.
    1. ifine's Avatar
      ifine -
      wooooooo! I updated to 5.0.1 Beta 2, it's even better.