RUMOR: Apple Begins iPad 3 Component Certification, No AMOLED
Posted on June 1, 2011 by vincent oliver
DigiTimes is reporting that Apple has started the certification process for the components they will use in the iPad 3, which will most likely be released in first quarter of 2012. DigiTimes notes that Apple will continue using standard LCDs for the next iPad, instead of the AMOLED display that was recently rumored.
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.
According to component makers, the timing for the launch of iPad 3 should be in 2012. Taiwan-based firms think iPad 2 will become the mainstream and Apple will lower its price to compete with other tablet PCs.
Taiwan-based panel makers pointed out that Samsung brand tablet PCs have not all adopted AMOLED panels. Only its Galaxy S II smartphones feature AMOLED panels, hence, it is unlikely for iPad 3 to adopt AMOLED panels. Industry observers indicated that demand for small- to medium-size AMOLED panels has been increasing, therefore, causing a shortage. The production might not catch up with the schedule of Apple’s iPad 3. It is more likely for Apple to adopt AMOLED panels in products after iPad 3.