IDC: No iPad Display Changes Yet

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IDC analyst Tom Mainelli thinks reports that the second generation iPad will sport a higher resolution 2048x1536 display are off base. Instead, he expects the next model to keep with the same display resolution as the first generation model, and to bump up the resolution with the third generation model, according to Digital Arts.

“I think the… story probably got the resolution right, but the iPad version wrong,” Mr. Mainelli said. “Our sources say Apple has requested that manufacturers begin work on displays with that resolution for the iPad 3.”

Higher res iPad display coming? Maybe not.

Along with reports that the next iPad will sport a higher resolution display, rumors also claim the new multimedia tablet will sport a new processor, front and rear facing cameras, an SD camera card slot, and built-in GSM and CDMA 3G wireless data support.

The notion that a 2048x1536 resolution display is in the mix, however, just doesn’t work for Mr. Mainelli.

“I don’t believe anybody is ready to produce that resolution in volumes at this point,” he said. “And Apple is going to require huge volumes for the iPad 2.”

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No, no NO!
I didn’t get a first gen model because I kept thinking “The second gen will get a higher screen resolution.”
If they keep the same screen then I know I will just start telling myself that I might as well wait for the third gen AND I REALLY DON’T WANT TO WAIT THAT LONG.
OK I’m feeling better now.

Lee Dronick

@Geoduck, that was my first reaction. However, no matter the display resolution I will almost certainly get the next model iPad.


Yeah all kidding aside the cameras are the big change. 1024x768 is a bit low but the iPad is only 10” so it doesn’t seem grainy. So maybe HD movies aren’t as sharp as they could be, I can live with that. The big reason I held off was the lack of cameras. For a machine that screams Skype Me (or FactTime Me as the case may be) I didn’t quite get why they didn’t have cameras on it. So either way I’ll likely get one of the new ones when it comes out.

Of course it’s also possible that Mr Mainelli is completely wrong too.

Lee Dronick

Yeah all kidding aside the cameras are the big change.

Remember the Apple patent for a camera behind display? I wonder if the iPad is deep enough for that.


Yes but; can you imagine an iPad with a retina display, Wow! - and can you imagine the price?

I’d still prefer 1920 x 1080, but I can’t see the aspect ratio changing.

As always, I could be wrong - me & Mr Mainelli.


There’s got to be a little improvement along image quality should Apple choose to continue selling the iPad1 as a budget minded option, eh?. They’ll be scourged by critics if the competition offers a better screen. Mightn’t 1920x1080 be good enough (and not too imposing a cost, I’m guessing) to keep the baying to a whimper.

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