Tuesday, December 7, 2010

What's Next From Apple? its iPad 2 will ship February

Foxconn Electronics' (Hon Hai Precision Industry's) plants in Shenzhen, China have recently been notified they will ship Apple's iPad 2 within the next 100 days with initial shipments to reach 400,000-600,000 units, according to sources from Taiwan-based component makers.

Apple originally planned to start mass production in January, but because the device's firmware is currently still in testing, Apple has been postponing the schedule. Currently, iPad's shipments on the supply side are higher than channel sales, indicating that Apple also has potential inventory issues, although Apple currently has no plans to stop production.

The sources pointed out that Foxconn shipped about six million iPads in the third quarter of 2010, meaning there are about 1.8 million units of inventory left for the fourth quarter.

Each pixel must be rendered, and the Retina display packs 614,400 pixels at 960 x 640. The same processors are used to display graphics on the iPhone 4 and the current model iPad (the iPad display is 1024 x 768 = 786,432 pixels).

Converting the iPad display to a Retina display would result in a ridiculous number of pixels, leaving graphics processing hardware completely overwhelmed. To match the clarity of the iPhone 4 screen, the iPad would need 2560 x 1920 = 4,915,200 pixels. Macbook Pro 17-inch: 1920 x 1200 = 2,304,000 pixels
Dell 24-inch monitor: 1920 x 1200 = 2,304,000 pixels
Apple 27-inch Cinema Display: 2560 x 1440 = 3,686,400 pixels

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