iPad 3 high-res display woes force resolution rethink

Super display proves too much for panel manufacturers
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Apple has reportedly canceled an order for the supply of iPad 3 displays amid concerns that the high-resolution display of the next generation tablet is proving difficult to manufacture.

A DigiTimes report claims that Apple was set to launch the iPad 3 in the second half of this year but sources within the component supply chain said that the orders have since disappeared, likely due to low yields of the 2,048 x 1,536 resolution display.

DisplaySearch analyst Richard Shim backed up the DigiTimes report, telling CNET that manufacturers "have had trouble manufacturing panels at efficient yields with the resolutions that Apple is requesting," he said.

Shim claimed that a lowering of the resolution was being discussed in order to bring yields up to an acceptable level.

Panel manufacturer sources told the DigiTimes that the high resolution display presented other manufacturing difficulties with an more powerful back light mechanism being required.

They went on to suggest that the unexpected difficulty in meeting Apple's display aspirations for the next generation iPad would ultimately push back volume manufacturing and the launch of the device.

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