Apple iPad 3 Retina Display Production Commences

Richard Shim, DisplaySearch Senior Analyst, in an interview with Brooke Crothers, CNET:

It’s happening–QXGA, 2048×1536. Panel production has started [for the next-generation iPad]. There’s three suppliers.

Those LCD manufacturers are LG Display, Samsung, and Sharp.

I would imagine there would be concerns about [adequate] supply given the resolution of the display but you’ve got three different suppliers at this point. They should have enough to launch the product

Apple’s iPhone or iPad launches are not regular launches and more like blockbuster movie launches. Millions of 9.7-inch 2048×1536 IPS LCD panels will need have been manufactured, integrated into iPad 3s, distributed and stocked. And that’s just at launch.

Shim expects the iPad 3 will be ready to be shipped in January with volumes ramping up in February and March. I think that’s a bit early and expect launch to be in March. And the time between announcement and launch has been shrinking. It was mere days for the iPad 2. So when I say I expect the iPad 3 to launch in March I’m also saying I expect the announcement to be made around that time.

LGD, Sharp, and Samsung have all been working toward perfecting the iPad Retina Displays for a while. Limited production runs have been going on for some time, but maybe the three are at the starting point of ramping production.

Like many others I have been waiting for the iPad to undergo the same Retinal metamorphosis the iPhone underwent. The visual experience on the iPad 3 should be simply amazing.