A leaked Samsung Securities document reveals that Apple is launching a new 7-inch product in 3Q12 temporarily called the iPad mini, according OLED-Display.
The document belonging to Samsung’s investment bank was obtained from an ‘anonymous user’ and discusses the state of AMOLED in the industry.
Following the success of its iPad 1 and iPad 2, which have together achieved sales of 55m units, Apple plans in 1Q12 to launch the iPad 3 and in 3Q12 a new 7-inch product temporarily referred to as the iPad mini. The company is reportedly aiming to sell more than 100m iPads in 2012, and plans to use higher resolution IPS panels in the iPad 3 – Sharp is trying to product panels for iPads at its 8GB lab, hoping to develop and mass product IGZO LCD panels for the iPad 3. That said, Apple may yet decide to use flexible panels in its next iPad models, if panel makers (such as SMD) can mass produce flexible AMOLED panels and improve resolution. SMD could produce only 54m AMOLED panels per year, even if ti 5.5G line were fully used for tablet PC production.
The report also notes that the price of AMOLED panels for the 9.7-inch iPad are still too high.
A 4.3-inch OCTA panel is priced at USD 50-55 while the price of a 7.7-inch Galaxy Tab panel (three times larger than that for a Galaxy S2) is estimated at around USD 150-170 — higher than the USD 127 of an iPad 2 IPS panel and touch-screen module combined. The iPad 3 will incorporate a new high-resolution TFT-LCD technology, making its display more expensive than a iPad 2 IPS panel, but close to the estimated price of a Galaxy Tab 7.7 panel. That said, if Apple were to use AMOLED panels in its 9.7-inch iPad, the estimated cost would be around USD 250-290 per unit, making their inclusion unlikely in the foreseeable future as a product margin exceeding USD 100 would be sacrificed.
This appears to corroborate recent reports that Apple is working on a 7.85 (8-inch) tablet that will go into production in Q3 and launch by Q4.
A new video from Aatma Studio shows a concept iPad 3 that features an edge-to-edge screen and no home button.
Key highlights of the iPad 3 Concept features include edge-to-edge screen, magnetic iPads with near field communications (NFC) and 3d holographic display for multiplayer games
This computer generated iPad 3 concept video pushes the envelope in iPad design and iPad features, just like its hugely successful sister video ‘iPhone 5 Concept Features’ did with iPhone design and iPhone features. We hope this Concept iPad 3 preview provides you as much entertainment as an iPad 3 commercial or iPad 3 official video or an iPad 3 review, before the actual iPad 3 unboxing.
NextMedia/Apple Daily has posted photos comparing the back enclosure of previous generation iPads with the purported back enclosure for the iPad 3.
The iPad 3 appears to taper more gradually with the camera on the taper itself.
MacRumors relays the Chinese language report:
The iPad 3 enclosure seems to have a more gradual taper to the edges than the iPad 2. The taper is seen better on the top overview photograph. As a result of this longer taper, the iPad 3′s camera rests on the taper itself. We saw this before but due to the dark lighting of that image, the taper seemed more exaggerated.
The absolute positioning of the camera doesn’t seem that far off from the iPad 2, but the lens does appear larger. According to NextMedia, the new iPad 3 camera will see a significant upgrade to 8 megapixels. The current iPad 2 back camera is 1 megapixel in resolution
MacRumors has been able to use a microscope to confirm that one of the recently leaked iPad 3 LCDs is a Retina Display.
Since we only had a raw iPad 3 display with no method to power it, taking high quality photos of the pixels was difficult. Still, even with the relatively poor lighting, you can easily make out the pixels on each display (made up of red, green and blue elements). We highlighted a cluster of 4 pixels (2×2) from the iPad 2 to compare it to the same area on the iPad 3. On the iPad 3, the same cluster was occupied by 16 pixels (4×4) — exactly twice the resolution in each direction.
Extrapolating out, the iPad 3 screen should carry a full resolution of 2048×1536, exactly twice the linear resolution of the iPad 1 and iPad 2 which is 1024×768. Such a screen should be able to display much sharper images as compared to the previous generation iPads.
Although a Retina Display iPad 3 was widely and expected and reported, it’s nice to have a bit of confirmation.
A new infographic from Online Teaching Degree shows that outfitting students with iPads and E-Books costs far more than using textbooks.
The graphic shows that the cost providing iPads and E-Books to 2,000 students would be $430,000/year based on a 4 lifespan for the iPad.
The cost of providing textbooks to the same 2,000 students would be $180,000/year.
Notably, these calculations appear to be for high school students who are only provided with an estimated $450 worth of textbooks that are reused each year. University students on the other hand can easily spend $1,500 on textbooks each year and these are not reused by other students.