Apple may need more than a month to fully build up supply of its next-gen tablet, Digitimes reports. The company is allegedly unable to provide sufficient iPad 3 supply at launch due to lack of high-resolution Retina Displays.
The new screens for the third-generation device are said to be supplied by Samsung, LG and Sharp. However, the entire supply chain has reportedly failed to produce a substantial number of components. During most of the first quarter, the iPad 2 will thus remain the mainstream in shipments will shipments of the new tablet start gaining momentum in the second quarter.
The iPad 3 is anticipated to sport a QXGA Retina Display with a resolution of 2048×1536 and a pixel density of 264 ppi. To compare, its predecessor has two times as little 1024×768 screen. The upcoming model will also supposedly feature a faster chipset and improved cameras along with 4G LTE support and Siri voice assistant currently limited to the iPhone 4S. As to the external design, the tablet is claimed to be slightly thicker than the previous-gen iPad.
According to Digitimes, Apple intends to unveil a new 8GB iPad 2 as an entry-level model at the iPad 3 media event. The lower-capacity tablet will reportedly sell for $349 to $399 to steal away sales from rivals like Amazon’s Kindle Fire priced at $199.
Oddly enough, the report also confirmed its earlier claims that Apple will release the third-gen iPad in 16GB and 32GB capacities, with no mention of a 64GB option. That would be a change from Apple’s existing tablet lineup, as the iPad 2 maxes out at 64GB.