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Taiwan sources expect next iPad to have Retina Display, USB

updated 07:50 am EST, Fri November 26, 2010

EDN expects iPad 2 to have Retina Display and USB

Industry contacts on Friday said they expected the next-generation iPad to revolve around five key changes. The centerpiece would be "new display technology" that would bring a Retina Display-like LCD. It would also supposedly gain a USB port, Taiwan's Economic Daily News was told, although this may be a second Dock Connector if accurate.

Other features were expected but have received more details. The dual cameras and a three-axis gyroscope were already anticipated both through leaks and through their presence in the iPhone 4. A smaller and thinner design may involve special tricks, the newspaper said. The rumors had Taiwan-area firm Tripod tasked with making a smaller circuit board to fit the design, and while the 9.7-inch screen should stay the same, it would reportedly have thinner glass to help reduce the size.

Production is still expected to take place at Foxconn's main Shenzhen plant, but Longhua and potentially the new Chengdu plant would pitch in. Apple wouldn't start ordering parts until early December, however, to keep the details secret closer to the first quarter 2011 release. The "last minute" change may be frustrating, the sources claimed, as companies would have very little time to refine their manufacturing processes before tasked with production. The touch panel supplier may have just two weeks.

The tips corroborate claims of components shipping in December with production to start shortly afterwards. Clues as to the exact release window haven't been given, but production would accelerate in February and may hint at a late winter or early spring appearance.

By Electronista Staff
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  1. iphonerulez

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    Joined: Nov 2008


    Apple has to do its best to stop early "leaks"

    or the copycats will latch onto whatever is in the works. That's a pretty sad statement for the industry when all companies should have their own R&D teams with long term plans instead of having to rely on industrial spies to do their planning.

  1. hayesk

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    Joined: Sep 1999


    Retina Display? No.

    A 10" 2048 x 1536 screen on a portable device? I doubt it. They'd need a much better video card, which would have much higher power requirements. Until a breakthrough in battery technology is made (and LCD production), I don't think we'll see a Retina Display on an iPad.

  1. Lifeisabeach

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    Joined: May 2010


    No Retina, no way.

    I'm with Hayesk on this. A retina display is simply not going to happen. I wouldn't expect ANY change in the resolution because it would break graphics compatibility with existing apps. Apple bided their time on upping the iPhone's resolution until they could quadruple the pixel density so that existing apps would scale perfectly. Apple's not going to go and up the iPad's resolution just to compete in a silly spec war that can only degrade the overall experience.

  1. lockhartt

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    Maybe not at 9.7 inches

    ...but after using the iPhone 4 the current iPad screen pales in comparison, so I suspect a retina screen will arrive on the iPad in the next iteration. If not a true retina display, than at least some much higher resolution screen than the current version.

  1. MyRightEye

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    The other port is not USB

    It's LightPeak.

  1. facebook_Martin

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    HD is a no brainer

    I agree that scaling up the retina display to the iPad size leads to an excessive resolution for what is still a mobile device, but I also believe that the next iPad should definitely be able to display HD video. Maybe 720p is enough, but it's possible they could go all the way to 1080p, even though the visible difference on a device the size of the iPad might not justify the additional resources that would entail.

  1. eclux

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    Joined: Jul 2008


    translation please

    What does this mean?

    "Other features were expected but have received more details."

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