Apple is Rumoured to Be Working on the third-Gen iTablet
Months after the release of the iPad 2 in the tablet PC market, it has been reported that Apple is starting to certify components for the third-gen iTablet.
DigiTimes released a report saying Apple has already certified some parts from Taiwanese component manufacturers, while some are waiting for the company’s certification. Radiant Opto-Electronics is mentioned as the first company to get its certification for its LED backlight units.
“Taiwan-based component makers for backlight modules and light bars have received certification from Apple, however, the certification of panels is still in progress, added industry sources,” as what has been posted on the report.
Sources added that Apple is negotiating with Samsung to manufacture AMOLED for the third-generation of iDevice. According to the report, the third-gen iTablet will still have a 9.7-inch LCD panels of which the Taiwanese company Chimei Innolux will be the maker. Component makers expect for the iPad 3 to arrive in 2012.
Earlier reports stated that Apple can release the third-gen iTablet at the end of 2011, however the rumors were quashed when the company called 2011 the “the year of iPad 2.”
The iPad 3 is expected to include a retina display-like panel with a resolution of 2048×1536. Higher resolution was first planned to be included in the second-generation iTablet, but was cancelled due to engineering issues.
Meanwhile, Samsung has filed a motion seeking to see the final layout of the rumoured third-gen iTablet by June 13, 2011. The company however, denied of having the knowledge the Apple is currently working with the creation of the said device. The company is said to have relied on the circulating rumors in the internet about Apple’s preparation for the third-generation of iDevice.
The motion from Samsung is seen as a move to counter Apple who sued the company for copyright infringement for mimicking the looks of the iPhone on its device.
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