Apple to kick off iPad 3 production in October

  • Apple is reportedly preparing to kick off trial production of its next-gen iPad in October 2011.

    According to the Wall Street Journal, Cupertino has already ordered key components such as display panels and chips as it readies for an iPad 3 launch in early 2012. 

The next-gen tablet is expected to boast a high-res display - 2048x1536 - compared to the iPad 2’s current resolution of 1024x768. 

    As AppleInsider points out, the WSJ’s report seems to confirm a previous analysis by Ming-Chi Kuo of Concord Securities.

    Although Kuo was unsure when the iPad 3 would actually hit the market, he did note the tablet would feature  a 9.7 inch IPS panel with FFS (fringe-field switching) technology, which enables a wider viewing angle and clearer visual quality in direct sunlight. 

    At 2048x1536, the iPad 3 would offer higher resolution than the 17-inch MacBook Pro and would actually be closer to Cupertino’s 27-inch, 2560x1440 LED Cinema Display. 

    Indeed, the iPad 3’s high-density display is capable of rendering existing tablet apps at full fidelity, while allowing optimized apps to draw images, text and other content with razor sharp detail - at a pixel density where individual dots begin to vanish from view.