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  • OLED iPad Rumors Keep Coming

    Rumors about an iPad with an active-matrix organic LED (OLED) screen have been around since before the device's launch, but they don't seem to be going away. This time, it's a pretty specific report in the East Asia technology publication DigiTimes. According to their industry clairvoyants, who have a hit-or-miss track record so far, the next generation of the device will come in three sizes, with the smaller models equipped with high-quality OLED screens, and will hit stores in time for the holidays.

    As AppleInsider notes in their coverage of the report, DigiTimes did incorrectly predict last year that there would be an OLED version of the iPad with a street price of $2,000 US. Similarly, pundits like Gizmodo's Brian Lam were reporting "insider" claims of 10-inch OLED screens on the Apple tablet as early as August 2009. So there is ample reason to discount these reports as more random buzz.

    However, the price of OLEDs has fallen with increased supply, as Samsung and LG, the main suppliers, have been going into overdrive producing the thin screens. Prices are poised to drop even further as Apple goes shopping and promises multi-million unit orders for the popular iPad. While IPS displays are a more mature technology, power draw and color gamut, as well as viewing angles, are better on OLED screens. With the iPad more geared towards video and e-books, Apple will be looking for industry-leading graphics. And having built fat margins into the iPad already, Apple may be willing to eat more of the added cost of the improved screens to keep prices down.

    According to DigiTimes, the second generation iPad will be available with the current 9.7-inch IPS screen as well as with 7-inch and 5.6-inch OLED displays. Late night TV hosts who snickered about the iPad name are no doubt going to have even more fun if Apple comes out with a "mini" one.

    Source: AppleInsider
    This article was originally published in forum thread: OLED iPad Rumors Keep Coming started by Paul Daniel Ash View original post
    Comments 25 Comments
    1. tudtran's Avatar
      tudtran -
      Maybe next year.
    1. k.nitsua's Avatar
      k.nitsua -
      I really hope the next gen iPads have some sort of retina display. After enjoying the crispness and beauty of the iPhone 4s display, I can't imagine using anything less.
    1. silentfire619's Avatar
      silentfire619 -
      Exactly we need a Retina for it after looking at my iPhone for and then looking at my iPad i can see every pixel on the screen its horrible.
    1. ramicio's Avatar
      ramicio -
      Double resolution in the same amount of space won't happen with LEDs for a long, long time. 2048x1536 would be crazy! I don't get why they are using OLEDs instead of real LEDs. These OLEDs don't last that long.
    1. ecd5000's Avatar
      ecd5000 -
      why would they make one with a 5.6" screen? they could call it the iphone2X4 since it will be about twice the size of an iphone! will be interesting to see if its true and hopefully these will have a price drop with them so maybe i can gets me one
    1. RyanWS's Avatar
      RyanWS -
      I believe all we'll see in the next iPad is a Retina display, and a frontward facing camera. What else does it need?
    1. bigdrdok's Avatar
      bigdrdok -
      I need my iPhone 4 reception fixed...forget ipads!! And stop deletin my post....
    1. ramicio's Avatar
      ramicio -
      This is the iPad forum, what do you expect?
    1. wolverinemarky's Avatar
      wolverinemarky -
      i think the size they have now is perfect i would release a smaller screen one
    1. deathbybunnies6's Avatar
      deathbybunnies6 -
    1. MetallicaFan1991's Avatar
      MetallicaFan1991 -
      Quote Originally Posted by wolverinemarky View Post
      i think the size they have now is perfect i would release a smaller screen one
      Yeh, that would be awes....oh wait, it's called the iPod touch.

      I really hope the 2nd gen iPad has an OLED or AMOLED Retina Display.
    1. LSZ33's Avatar
      LSZ33 -
      i won't buy the iPad until they add a front facing cam. would be nice if they also add the retina display.
    1. zozodouce's Avatar
      zozodouce -
      minipad hahahahahahaahaha.
    1. brbortscheller's Avatar
      brbortscheller -
      If they make a new iPad, I don't care that much of the size, but they really need a Retina display. The iPhone 4 is great but the iPad.....pretty blurry.
    1. Xtremeiphone's Avatar
      Xtremeiphone -
      i would be highly jelous if they did come out with a OLED, being that i just purchased a ipad not too long ago
    1. ecd5000's Avatar
      ecd5000 -
      Quote Originally Posted by LSZ33 View Post
      i won't buy the iPad until they add a front facing cam. would be nice if they also add the retina display.
      apple just might as well start to put front and back cameras in everything they make.
    1. whereswaldo's Avatar
      whereswaldo -
      I find it funny how the iPad is behind the iPhone on many frontiers, it needs to play catch-up
    1. tudtran's Avatar
      tudtran -
      I hope somebody left an prototype iPad in bar again.
    1. awesomeSlayer's Avatar
      awesomeSlayer -
      If the next gen iPad is good, then I might consider this.
    1. southfrisco's Avatar
      southfrisco -
      Sure, three different sized iPads. Do these morons even know that an iPad is more than just what you see on the outside? You have to put components inside the thing. Three different sized batteries, CPU chips, screens etc. I can't think of something more cost wasting in Apple terms than this.

      Even the iPhone and iPod Touch are the same size except the iPod is of course thinner with less components than an iPhone. Still with the OLED garbage too. How 2009 of them.

      EDIT: The whole idea of the iPad is for a bigger screen. Why would you want it smaller? Morons...