High-DPI iPad 3 displays said to be in short supply

Apple products are almost always hard to come by soon after their launch. People queue up at stores, place pre-orders, and sometimes wait days or weeks for their latest iGadget. According to the latest story by DigiTimes, the iPad 3 won’t put that trend to rest… in fact, the device may be uniquely difficult to find at first.

The site says it’s learned from "industry sources in the supply chain" that Apple "may [be] unable to ramp up the supply of its next-generation iPads . . . due to insufficient supply of high resolution displays." Reportedly, Apple has tapped three companies—Sharp, LG, and Samsung—to provide the 9.7", 2048×1536 panels for the device, but it’s still not getting enough of them.

Worse still, the site suggests that, because of panel availability issues, iPad 3 shipments will only "start gaining momentum" next quarter. Whether that means early next month, late June, or somewhere in between, it doesn’t say. DigiTimes nonetheless cites a failure by the "whole supply chain" to "substantially ramp up the supply of QXGA panels."

And here I was hoping to snag one of those at launch (provided Apple doesn’t charge too much of a premium for it, of course). Oh well. At least there might be a silver lining to all of this, though: impulse buy prevention.

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    • Dr_b_
    • 8 years ago

    Hope this drive by Apple to put hirez displays in their gear trickles down to the PC world so we can have better screens in our non-apple laptops. Love em or hate em, apple has been a taste-maker in the tech world and, everyone not apple tries to copy them with varying degrees of success.

    • Code:[M]ayhem
    • 8 years ago

    Who cares, iFags are nothing but overpriced Made in China glorified toys…..

    • Jahooba
    • 8 years ago

    It will take a while for many developers to upscale their work to the new res, anyway. Expect relatively few apps to support the resolution the first few months.

    • Anarchist
    • 8 years ago

    it’s all part of managing demand … it used to be manufacturers and retailers only worried about managing supply. It’s now changed to managing demand. In same way the governments are now into managing expectations, media is into managing opinions, … it’s all part of behavioral economics.

    • Krogoth
    • 8 years ago

    Surprised that nobody pulled Foxconn employee jokes….

      • ImSpartacus
      • 8 years ago

      Surprised or unimpressed?

      As piety to Lord Krogoth: [url<]http://encyclopediadramatica.ch/Foxconn[/url<] I'm sorry My Lord, it was the best I could find!

    • internetsandman
    • 8 years ago

    So if I can (in a few months time) spend 500-600 dollars on a complete device with a very high quality screen and a resolution greater than 1920×1200, how long will it be until I can buy a simple desktop monitor that has a good panel and similarly high resolution for a similar price? Display technology is finally starting to improve, but it doesn’t seem like prices are goin anywhere

    • ghjtdge
    • 8 years ago
    • geekl33tgamer
    • 8 years ago

    Wow, 2048×1536. I want. Does this now mean that my 1920 x 1200 desktop monitor’s pixel density is too small or outdated now for it’s 26″ size…?

    • kamikaziechameleon
    • 8 years ago

    That’s an amazing resolution, imagine that in an ultra book!!!

      • internetsandman
      • 8 years ago

      Imagine that on a desktop monitor that costs less than $700

    • Bensam123
    • 8 years ago

    And the lethargy of 1080p panels over the last decade has bit even Apple in the ass.

    • Decelerate
    • 8 years ago

    Screens from Sharp, LG, Samsung… I hope this doesn’t lead to screen lottery. I was lucky, but didn’t like the anxiety of buying a screen from Dell… I don’t want to feel the same about Apple.

    Edit: formatting

      • jpostel
      • 8 years ago

      similar thing happened with the latest gen MBAir. Some got Samsung (faster) and some got Toshiba (slower). For normal everyday use, there is no appreciable difference, but people still got understandably pissed.

        • Decelerate
        • 8 years ago

        Eesh… not looking good.

        Thanks for the info.

    • mark625
    • 8 years ago

    It would have made much more sense for Apple to have chosen 1920×1200 instead of 2048×1536. Better aspect ratio (not so square), easier to manufacture (not quite as dense), and much more common resolution. Seriously, when is the last time you saw a display running at 2048×1536?

      • Duck
      • 8 years ago

      2048×1536 allows lossless scaling from 1024×768 and much better compatibility.

      Plus apple can do what they want. It’s for everyone else to copy them.

        • NeelyCam
        • 8 years ago

        Apple is forced to continue with that resolution, but others don’t have to copy them. Others are free to go with a better resolution such as 1920×1080

      • obarthelemy
      • 8 years ago

      No.
      1- square is betterave for Books, browsing…
      2- a straight multiple of the current résolution is much easier to scale up to

      • Jahooba
      • 8 years ago

      iPads aren’t just used to watch video. A high resolution provides incredibly crisp text and artwork for apps.

    • gmskking
    • 8 years ago

    No reason to rush and get one anyway.

    • lilbuddhaman
    • 8 years ago

    So 3 different manufacturers are supplying the screens? So undoubtedly one of those three will be “the bad screen” and another one “the good screen”. This’ll be fun.

      • Farting Bob
      • 8 years ago

      They’ll go through the same QA tests to meet Apple’s standards. One producer may have higher yields but all those that work will essentially be the same. Besides, short of taking apart your shiny new ipad you arent going to know which made the panel, and taking apart any apple gadget basically is a one way process, you cant just screw it back together after. So i doubt many people will try it.

        • nico1982
        • 8 years ago

        Like Samsung and Toshiba SSDs in the Macbooks?

        They will surely pass some (sample) QA test, but there will be inevitably differences and users will find them by just placing their iPad next to another. They might be equally ‘good’ but, you know, the grass is always greener on the other side…

      • Wirko
      • 8 years ago

      Can Samsung do IPS at all? Because if not, we’ll have a chance to compare IPS iPads to PLS iPads (and not necessarily see the difference).

    • Dygear
    • 8 years ago

    I think this is also a bunch of crap. Apple is known for buying huge quantities of stock it knows it can ship well in advance.

      • ImSpartacus
      • 8 years ago

      It’s a little different when production facilities cannot physically produce enough of the product.

        • lilbuddhaman
        • 8 years ago

        what he’s saying is that Apple is (once again) lying, and that these “top sources” are being told what to tell news sites. Is everyone’s memory span this short ?

        edit/note: I don’t necessarily believe it, but it has happened before…

        This time around they do have a legitimate excuse for poor yields (there are little to no mainstream QXGA panels out in the world)

          • khands
          • 8 years ago

          These rumors of short supply have been going on for longer than we’ve known the spec they’re shooting for. If they are trolling everyone it will have been in spectacular fashion.

            • ImSpartacus
            • 8 years ago

            It’s not just Apple. We won’t see Samsung’s 2560×1600 10.1″ screens in mass market products any time soon, either.

            The screens exist and they work fine, but mass production is a bitch.

          • Duck
          • 8 years ago

          I thought it was well known that apple can’t produce iPads fast enough to meet demand.

          They also wanted to go AMD in the Air but went with Intel because of supply concerns with AMD. Supply is serious business.

            • NeelyCam
            • 8 years ago

            This is exactly the same reason why Dell went with Intel back a while ago when AMD CPUs were better. The bogus lawsuit was based on bogus claims, and that’s why Intel was not guilty.

          • ImSpartacus
          • 8 years ago

          We’ve known for months that these panels can’t be mass produced until [i<]at least[/i<] the end of the year, and they will be pretty expensive. Apple might [i<]announce[/i<] something on the 7th, but they won't put iPad 3s in our hands until later this year. And don't expect ASUS's TF700 any sooner. In two years, we'll be using 4K panels on our $1000 convertible laptops, but right now? Growing pains.

        • Dygear
        • 8 years ago

        I’m fairly confident that they have been producing them for months now. But wow, -7, apparently I’m the only one who thinks this way.

          • ImSpartacus
          • 8 years ago

          Oh, they probably have been producing certain parts for months. But Foxconn & Friends can’t produce enough.

          Apple can’t buy what doesn’t exist.

    • Misel
    • 8 years ago

    … and people were bitching about the raspberry release …

    • derFunkenstein
    • 8 years ago

    Here’s what it means: you won’t be able to order an iPad 3 next week after the press conference. Not a huge surprise; you couldn’t get an iPad or iPad 2 the day of the announcement.

      • shank15217
      • 8 years ago

      Thats not what this means.. it means its in short supply and you may have to wait MONTHS to get one.

        • Duck
        • 8 years ago

        Oh noes. First world problems.

        • derFunkenstein
        • 8 years ago

        depending on where it’s priced, the “short supply” might not be so short. I am still not convinced the iPad 2 will be removed.

          • ImSpartacus
          • 8 years ago

          You may be right. The iPad 2 might just sit at $500 and the iPad 3 might get bumped up $100.

          The higher price would certainly ease supply issues, but Apple will be selling [i<]millions[/i<] of these damn things. Those damn Chinese are production gods, but they may have met their match.

            • kamikaziechameleon
            • 8 years ago

            TAIWAN IS NOT CHINA, unless its convenient 😛

            • ImSpartacus
            • 8 years ago

            As far as this ignorant American is concerned, most of eastern Asia is China.

            • insulin_junkie72
            • 8 years ago

            >>> TAIWAN IS NOT CHINA

            Although that’s not what the Chinese have claimed for the last few decades (or originally, what Taiwan claimed in reverse) 😛

            Sort of a sore spot for them.

            • derFunkenstein
            • 8 years ago

            I work with a woman who is from Taiwan. If I *really* want to get her going, I’ll just refer to China as “the mainland”. Boom, nothing else productive happens for a while. Kind of a sore spot for all involved.

    • sweatshopking
    • 8 years ago

    oh no! thank you for sharing this cyril! I’ve been hugely concerned, and it seems my concern was justified!

      • JustAnEngineer
      • 8 years ago

      Sarcasm becomes you so much more than your usual trolling.

        • sweatshopking
        • 8 years ago

        thanks 🙂

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