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  • iPad 2G in Q1 2011: Display Manufacturers


    According to DigiTimes, the perennial source of rumors out of the East Asian electronics manufacturing industry, LCD component suppliers in Taiwan are saying that they're gearing up to produce touchscreens for the second generation iPad. The new displays, which the manufacturers say will be available "in the first quarter of 2011," are the same size as the current screens, casting some doubts on recent rumors (which were originally peddled by - guess who? - DigiTimes!) about a smaller 7-inch iPad.

    DigiTimes writer Susie Pan quotes sources at TPK Touch Solutions, Chimei Innolux (CMI) and Wintek as saying that they are "completing validation with Apple" on what are said to be "ultra-thin glass-based touch panels" for the second-generation iPad. The manufacturers have increased capacity, according to the report, to deal with expected demand for the new device. Additionally, the CMI and Wintek plants are referred to as "4.5G," an intermediate step to 5G or fifth-generation LCD manufacturing that's capable of creating LCD sheets 1 meter square. Bigger sheets mean more panels per sheet, so they can turn out more panels at a lower cost.

    The news comes amid an increasing number of reports of Apple rushing a second-generation iPad out in time for the holidays. In general, Apple has limited refreshes of its mobile product lines to once a year. Most industry observers expect a front-facing camera and FaceTime support to be in the new model, while the rumors about a smaller "mini iPad" (ugh) have persisted. The current report neither confirms nor denies the smaller form-factor device, so it's possible that there could be two variants.

    Source: AppleInsider
    This article was originally published in forum thread: iPad 2G in Q1 2011: Display Manufacturers started by Paul Daniel Ash View original post
    Comments 33 Comments
    1. Zeal's Avatar
      Zeal -
      2011*

      zomg typo
    1. Poseidon79's Avatar
      Poseidon79 -
      If they put a microSD card slot that would defeat the whole purpose of having more than one model... everyone would just buy the cheap 16GB model and throw a 32GB card in there... Apple wouldn't let that happen. USB slots... really? This is not OSX so it wouldn't recognize what to do with it... it has a 30pin dock connector instead like every other iDevice on the planet. Faster processor... nope... the A4 is their flagship chip at the moment. More RAM.. I can see a bump up to 512 even though it's not needed since it doesn't have a baseband system to maintain. HD display is possible but not likely until the 3rd version.

      In reality this will be a very underwhelming update with most likely nothing more than an added front facing camera for FaceTime. They don't want to piss off all the current iPad customers who just bought one.
    1. se23's Avatar
      se23 -
      Poseidon your comment makes the most sense out of everybody's. What's described sounds like the third iPad.
    1. mortopher's Avatar
      mortopher -
      Quote Originally Posted by Poseidon79 View Post
      More RAM.. I can see a bump up to 512 even though it's not needed since it doesn't have a baseband system to maintain. HD display is possible but not likely until the 3rd version.

      In reality this will be a very underwhelming update with most likely nothing more than an added front facing camera for FaceTime. They don't want to piss off all the current iPad customers who just bought one.
      They don't need an update to 512 mb? I'd have to disagree with you on that one. There are some applications that I notice a considerable lag in and can watch the FreeMem in my status bar drop down below 5mb. Hell, even trying to open some textbooks in iBooks can cause horrible lag in the device. These issues were noticable even when I bought my 3.2.1 iPad before Star was released.
    1. BenderRodriguez's Avatar
      BenderRodriguez -
      Quote Originally Posted by psilocybin View Post
      any specs or anything leaked? i just bought an ipad and this kinda pisses me off that its not even sold around the globe yet and they are already starting to manufacture the new ipad
      Apple gives you 30 day money back guarantee, just go return it as long as it looks new they should take it it's there policy. They even do it for MacBooks!
    1. BenderRodriguez's Avatar
      BenderRodriguez -
      Quote Originally Posted by politicalslug View Post
      The iPad is selling like hotcakes and some of you think they're going to throw away the annual refresh cycles they've consistently maintained for the last nine years for... what exactly? This holiday season is nothing special. Apple's been more consistent with their release schedules than any other tech company in the industry. Occasionally something goes wrong (e.g. white iPhone 4), but by and large that isn't the case. If the iPod Touch and iPhone have shown anything, it's that the screen sizes do NOT fluctuate, regardless of resolution bumps. Apple isn't at all worried about Android tablets, and no one is worried about RIM, webOS, or WinPhone7 tablets. There is no reason to modify their schedule, hence they won't.
      The white iPhone should come out about 1 month after the iPhone 4 with free case stops, Apple should be releasing an update iPhone with fixed antenna issue, this is why the white is delayed, why release the white one when there's problems with the current one?

      Also a RUMOR that the iPhone 5 working on 4G LTE network, look at the picture, picture says release in the middle of next year, okay it won't let me upload the pic from my iPhone
    1. Poseidon79's Avatar
      Poseidon79 -
      Quote Originally Posted by paganizonda83 View Post
      They don't need an update to 512 mb? I'd have to disagree with you on that one. There are some applications that I notice a considerable lag in and can watch the FreeMem in my status bar drop down below 5mb. Hell, even trying to open some textbooks in iBooks can cause horrible lag in the device. These issues were noticable even when I bought my 3.2.1 iPad before Star was released.
      I'm curious.. How much free ram do you boot up with and exactly which apps cause such a drop? I have 100 or so apps on mine with a dozen mobile substrate plug ins and running high power apps never drops below 50MB.


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    1. NessLookAlike's Avatar
      NessLookAlike -
      Quote Originally Posted by Poseidon79 View Post
      ...
      Faster processor... nope... the A4 is their flagship chip at the moment. More RAM.. I can see a bump up to 512 even though it's not needed since it doesn't have a baseband system to maintain. HD display is possible but not likely until the 3rd version.
      ...
      Yeah, I'm gonna have to agree with paganizonda83, Poseidon: you're dead wrong. More RAM is definitely a must, especially for those of us that want to multitask.. but even running just one app at a time there are times that apps will crash due to extremely high memory requirements.

      On boot, I've never had more than 145MB of RAM to play with. Which is normal considering how much RAM Springboard and a couple other system processes eat.

      Memory-intensive programs that (have) crash(ed):
      - Pulse (REGULARLY)
      - ArtStudio
      - PenUltimate (not often, but check out just how much RAM it eats)
      - GoodReader (semi-frequently)
      - Logmein (relatively few crashes though)
      - AudioNote
      - Safari, with several tabs open, depending on webpage content
      - NOVA a few times
      - Mail, oddly enough, uses a lot of memory depending on how many messages you let it display at one time
      - Acrobits Softphone / Groundwire

      If you have an iPhone 4 and you've been enjoying real multitasking ala Backgrounder and Multifl0w, you've been spoiled with 512MB and you don't even know how bad it is for others. iPad definitely deserves 512MB. And if iPad is going to get a display resolution upgrade, it'll probably deserve a faster CPU as well.
    1. mortopher's Avatar
      mortopher -
      Quote Originally Posted by NessLookAlike View Post
      Yeah, I'm gonna have to agree with paganizonda83, Poseidon: you're dead wrong. More RAM is definitely a must, especially for those of us that want to multitask.. but even running just one app at a time there are times that apps will crash due to extremely high memory requirements.

      On boot, I've never had more than 145MB of RAM to play with. Which is normal considering how much RAM Springboard and a couple other system processes eat.
      From what I can recall (I'm on 4.2 beta right now), my free ram on boot was roughly this level.
    1. bigboyz's Avatar
      bigboyz -
      I believe the current iPad needs the following: 1. Retina display(the only thing that separates a 3gs from a 4g) 2. More iPad only apps (tired of the dual apps, the resolution or x's 2 prompt is a little much) 3. More RAM/Memory 256...(come on now, a lot of smart phones have 1 gig these days) 4. Camera (all of the rival tablets are coming w/standard camera's) not to mention using your phone connected to the iPad is an "extra step" Why not have a rear and front camera? The iTouch does! 5. I'll leave this open for the next iPad... :]
    1. mortopher's Avatar
      mortopher -
      Quote Originally Posted by bigboyz View Post
      I believe the current iPad needs the following: 1. Retina display(the only thing that separates a 3gs from a 4g) 2. More iPad only apps (tired of the dual apps, the resolution or x's 2 prompt is a little much) 3. More RAM/Memory 256...(come on now, a lot of smart phones have 1 gig these days) 4. Camera (all of the rival tablets are coming w/standard camera's) not to mention using your phone connected to the iPad is an "extra step" Why not have a rear and front camera? The iTouch does! 5. I'll leave this open for the next iPad... :]
      1. Disagree: While the retina display is awesome, I don't think it is necessary for the iPad. (And there's a bit more that separates the 3GS & 4)

      2. Agree: Can always use more iPad apps.

      3. Agree: Have to have at least 512. I wish double that but I won't be holding my breath.

      4. Front facing camera would be nice, but honestly I don't use facetime much at all on my i4. A rear camera on the iPad is ridiculous though, imho.
    1. mikerlx's Avatar
      mikerlx -
      I own an ipad. I dont think facetime is practical. And walking around with that trying to record 720p video would look strange.IMHO
    1. wirehedd's Avatar
      wirehedd -
      Quote Originally Posted by PhantomPhoenix View Post
      considering how there was absolutely no logical reason whatsoever for a smaller iPad to be produced, this makes sense. Here's hoping it's as soon as possible -- I know Apple and I know that their 2nd gen devices tend to be the ones that really show-up and eclipse their predecessors. I've made the decision to hold off the iPad for that very reason.
      Precisely the reason I haven't bought an iPad yet. The notion of the 7" device is appealing as is the larger and more "completed" model with FaceTime and more memory. I have no doubt that these variants will come out sooner or later but apple is just maximizing profit margins with the iPad G1 which I consider a mere public beta model. iPad G2 and the smaller iPad "pocket" model will definitely have consumer appeal.