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Repair Site Makes iPad 3 Prototype With Rumored Components

By - Source: iLab | B 24 comments

It's an iPad 3 jigsaw puzzle!

We've heard a lot of iPad 3 rumors over the last few weeks. However, today we bring you something a little more ... physical, than the usual source claiming the next iPad will be announced on March (or February) X, 2012. Instead of wondering if the next iPad will pack this display or that port, one repair site decided to take some of the rumored parts people have been talking about and see if they fit together.

AppleInsider reports that iLab managed to get its hands on three individual parts rumored to be in the next iPad: An LCD panel from Sharp, a back plate/casing, and a newly-designed 30-pin dock connector. The repair shop found that when put together, these components matched, suggesting that they may well be from an iPad 3 prototype. The dock-connector part matched right up with the screw holes on the case, as did the display.

Probably the most interesting part of all this is that the display from Sharp has a screen resolution that measures in at 2,048 x 1,536 and a pixel density of 264 ppi. This is significantly more the current generation iPad and the first iPad, both of which boast resolutions measuring 1,024 x 768 or 132ppi. However, it's not quite Retina display quality, as the iPhone 4's Retina display screen is a much higher 326 ppi.

When Apple launched the iPad 2 last year, the company surprised many by not including Retina display. Is it possible the iPad 3 won't have a Retina display either? All is expected to be revealed in the next few weeks.

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    fyasko , February 15, 2012 8:17 AM
    all that resolution and you can't even watch "certain films" on it?
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    fyasko , February 15, 2012 8:17 AM
    all that resolution and you can't even watch "certain films" on it?
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    lockhrt999 , February 15, 2012 8:23 AM
    Prototype? Where's the new processor?
    my a$$.
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    del35 , February 15, 2012 8:29 AM
    Who needs all that resolution in such a small screen! Another marketing gimick for the clueless?
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    ivyanev , February 15, 2012 9:25 AM
    high res is perfect for pictures ,but not as useful in rest of the time -12 pixel font is not readable in iPhone(for me) .Display size and contrast matters more to me than pixel size.
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    watcha , February 15, 2012 10:07 AM
    Jane McEntegartHowever, it's not quite Retina display quality, as the iPhone 4's Retina display screen is a much higher 326 ppi.


    You could argue that it is a retina display - because you tend to hold tablets further away than phones.

    Remember, 'retina' can't be quantified as a specific PPI level for all devices. It's the level of PPI which is required for the pixels to not be distinguishable by the human eye at the average distance a normal user holds the device in question.
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    deanjo , February 15, 2012 10:10 AM
    del35Who needs all that resolution in such a small screen! Another marketing gimick for the clueless?


    Compare an iPhone 4 display your best 1080p tablet display, if you cannot see the difference you are probably legally blind.
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    watcha , February 15, 2012 10:10 AM
    ivyanevhigh res is perfect for pictures ,but not as useful in rest of the time -12 pixel font is not readable in iPhone(for me) .Display size and contrast matters more to me than pixel size.


    Where are you finding these unreadable fonts on the iPhone? As in, which application?

    All the native apps on iPhone are designed to be readable at that size (the resolution is irrelevant because the iPhone can automatically upscale so they are the same size on any iPhone), and on websites you can very easily and quickly zoom in to any size you want?
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    zybch , February 15, 2012 10:16 AM
    deanjoCompare an iPhone 4 display your best 1080p tablet display, if you cannot see the difference you are probably legally blind.

    Of course you can see the difference, but the tablet i also a LOT easier to read than the teeny tiny 3.5" iPhone screen.
    There really is no reason for such a high res display in a device that has such a miniscule display area. 960x640 is really not a lot better than even the most average 4"+ phones these days, and doesn't come close to the top of the line phones and middle of the road tablets that can do proper HD.
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    hardcore_gamer , February 15, 2012 10:20 AM
    Screw the tablets. I wanna see 4K resolution monitors.
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    deanjo , February 15, 2012 10:23 AM
    zybchOf course you can see the difference, but the tablet i also a LOT easier to read than the teeny tiny 3.5" iPhone screen.There really is no reason for such a high res display in a device that has such a miniscule display area. 960x640 is really not a lot better than even the most average 4"+ phones these days, and doesn't come close to the top of the line phones and middle of the road tablets that can do proper HD.


    Hold them at the same distance and the iphone 4 display is still easier to read and the difference is still very noticable.
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    watcha , February 15, 2012 10:24 AM
    Which 'top of the line phone' are you referring to which does proper HD?

    I think the iPhone 4 display is far far superior in terms of clarity and sharpness to an 'average 4" phone'.

    Comparing how easy it is to read on a tablet and a phone is not really about resolution - it's about size. Take two tablets, both the same size. One has 4x the number of pixels. Which one will be clearer? This is why the iPad 3 will be an improvement over the iPad 2 due to its higher resolution - it will be visibly clearer.
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    house70 , February 15, 2012 10:56 AM
    In that case, my NS has a retina display, 'cause one can not distinguish individual pixels from the average distance.... Hell, short of first gen screens, almost all phones have retina displays.
    I can also read it in full daylight, something the non-s-Amoled screen users can not say. In my book, that beats any claims for high-res out there: "oh, your screen is gorgeous, too bad you have to run for shade to see it!". Yeah...
    For the repair shop owners: prepare to be sued into oblivion by Apple's minions. They will find some legal grounds to do that. They sued God for rendering the forbidden fruit in the shape of an apple AND they have a patent for a basic geometric shape. This case should be piece of cake for them.
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    watcha , February 15, 2012 12:18 PM
    house70In that case, my NS has a retina display, 'cause one can not distinguish individual pixels from the average distance.... Hell, short of first gen screens, almost all phones have retina displays. I can also read it in full daylight, something the non-s-Amoled screen users can not say. In my book, that beats any claims for high-res out there: "oh, your screen is gorgeous, too bad you have to run for shade to see it!". Yeah...For the repair shop owners: prepare to be sued into oblivion by Apple's minions. They will find some legal grounds to do that. They sued God for rendering the forbidden fruit in the shape of an apple AND they have a patent for a basic geometric shape. This case should be piece of cake for them.


    On most phones, I personally can make out the individual pixels - but not the iPhone 4S. Perhaps you have bad eyesight? The retina display is based on a person with normal eyesight - not you personally.

    I have no idea why you are talking about a) phones or b) reading in daylight, since pretty much every phone lets you do that.

    If we refer it back to the iPad - the screen gets brighter when the ambient light is brighter, and works perfectly well in daylight. Combine that with a higher resolution and you have an industry leading device (if they make it to these specs). The AMOLED screens have worse performance when the screen is at an angle, not so good if you want to watch something on your iPad with friends/family.

    Guessing about Apple suing the repair shop is just trolling.
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    watcha , February 15, 2012 12:19 PM
    mobrocketU work for apple? how do u know about a product that hasnt even come out? or are u just talking out of your ass


    We're starting with the premise that the rumoured specs are true, and saying 'what if?'..

    I don't think it's such a big stretch to say that if the iPad 3 has 4x the number of pixels that the quality of the screen will look better...
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    slicedtoad , February 15, 2012 12:56 PM
    so the iphone 3 will have a > 1080x1920 display...
    Maybe this will make 2560x1600 displays more poplar and less expensive! yeah right.
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    ap3x , February 15, 2012 1:05 PM
    fyaskoall that resolution and you can't even watch "certain films" on it?


    What films are you referring to?
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    ap3x , February 15, 2012 1:12 PM
    deanjoCompare an iPhone 4 display your best 1080p tablet display, if you cannot see the difference you are probably legally blind.


    lol, exactly. del35 is just trolling all things Apple again. Device is not even out yet and there is no side by side comparisons so he just wants to say something negative to get attention. We all know he is a closet Apple lover..... come on out del35 it is ok ;-)
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    ap3x , February 15, 2012 1:19 PM
    mobrocketU work for apple? how do u know about a product that hasnt even come out? or are u just talking out of your ass


    He is talking about the well known fact that the IPad3's differentiation is supposed the "Retina" display. Don't have to work for Apple. Just have to read 1 or 2 of the thousands of tech sites out there. In order to support high resolution without making everything smaller you have to increase the pixel density. Makes everything much clearer, sharper and more vibrant. I am sure someone will do a comparison between the IPad3 and the competition.
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    Anonymous , February 15, 2012 3:01 PM
    Oh dear!!!!....
    is this the OMG of technology?

    ....rumors ,biased articles,adverts,faked pictures....
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    tokencode , February 15, 2012 4:20 PM
    Give me an AMOLED screen over this thing any day. For what I would use a tablet for, I'd much rather have truer blacks, better color replication, less power consumption and lower resolution.
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