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Apple is on track to launch a third generation iPad tablet early next year. That’s according to the Wall Street Journal, which gathered information from component suppliers in Taiwan. One of those components will be a new high resolution display.

The iPad and iPad 2 have both shipped with 9.7 inch, 1024 x 768 pixel displays. The iPad 3 will reportedly have a 9.7 inch, 2048 x 1536 pixel display. That will mean crisper text and graphics that are on par with what you see on the latest iPhone and iPod touch models. Those have 3.5 inch, 960 x 640 displays.

Apple calls this kind of screen a “Retina” display, because the pixel density is so high that a human eye can’t see individual pixels on the screen.

Other companies are also working on higher resolution displays for mobile devices. Samsung introduced a new 2560 x 1600 pixel 10 inch display earlier this year.

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7 replies on “Report: iPad 3 with Retina display coming in early 2012”

  1. I can see it now; 5 years from now we’ll have the iPad10 with 3D holographic display and only minor other improvements for the fair low price of $2500.00 for 3G model lol…and it still won’t play the industry standard for streaming video. Yet the cult will still buy them and Apple shall live on leaving the rest of us scratching our heads wondering why? why? why?

    Bet that’ll be a pretty screen though. 

    1. To be fair, Apple has a pretty good track record or releasing next-gen devices for exactly the same price as earlier models. The iPad 2 had a dual core processor and thinner case than the original but the same starting price. 

      1. You’re right Brad, I wasn’t being fair. My attempt at humor fell a little short there. Apple does make some very nice devices, I just can never wrap my head around their pricing. The iPad wi-fi models really aren’t all that much more expensive than the newest android tablets either I guess. 

        1. Yeah, I’ve never bought into the whole “Apple computers don’t cost more than Windows computers when you factor in the hardware, software, build quality, etc” because the fact is you can buy a Windows PC for a few hundred bucks. Apple doesn’t make a laptop that sells for less than $1000 new. 

          The iPad, iPod touch, and even the iPhone, on the other hand, are actually fairly reasonably priced.

          Yes… you can get two netbooks for the price of an entry level iPad, but that wouldn’t have been true a few years ago. The first 7 inch netbooks sold for $400 and up, and the first 10 inch models sold for closer to $600.

          Right now there are plenty of companies showing that you can throw together a mobile tablet for next to nothing… but few have successfully made *good* tablets that cheap. 

    2. This is the innovator’s dilemma made flesh. By always upping the ante to justify a premium price Apple produces a product which exceeds the need of the market. In the meantime the increasing volume of production means that the competition can offer more than “good enough” for much less.

      Actually the 10.1″ 1280×800 screen on my ASUS transformer already exceeds visual acuity at any comfortable viewing distance:

      1. Apple justifying a “premium” price on the iPad?! Really? The iPad continues to be one of the lowest priced 10″ tablets.

        1. As long as you limit yourself to Honeycomb tablets, and assume the original MSRP doesn’t budge. And still ignore the majority of the market. In reality, android phones and tablets discount appreciably over their product life.

          My one “SUV” tablet a 16 GB Transformer runs $400, $100 below the 16 GB iPad2, even with the keyboard it’s only $50 higher for both an excellent tablet and laptop.

          My Viewsonic G-Tablets were under $300 and run Honeycomb very nicely, although I actually prefer CM7.   Simple, reliable and to the point.

          At present you can pick up a decent 2.3 tablet for less than $200 (color nook w/ CM7 or Honeycomb for that matter), in a year a decent Tegra2 tablet upgradable to 4.0 will be under $200.

          At some point soon a default cheap tablet in the $100-$200 range or even lower (such as the X0-3) is more than enough for most people.

          Strangely, this is when tablets get really interesting in that ubiquitous computing becomes common and a tablet is as unremarkable as a calculator.

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