For those hoping to get their hands on an iPad 3 by the end of this year, don’t hold your breath for too long. A new report out of Taiwan indicates that Apple is in the process of certifying component parts for its newest tablet, with an expected release date in 2012.
According to the DigiTimes, Taiwanese manufacturers are close to securing certification deals on some iPad 3 components, including the LED backlight units from Radiant Opto Electronics and the third generation tablet’s panels with Chimei Innoux.
Recent rumors suggest that Apple management visited Samsung’s South Korean headquarters and is thinking about using AMOLED (active-matrix organic light emtting diode) panels for its iPad 3. But now the DigiTimes reports that it is unlikely.
AMOLED panels – which offer sharper images, deeper colors and less sunlight reflection – are yet to make its appearance on tablet screens, and are currently only used on Samsung’s Galaxy S II smartphones.
As is tradition with Apple’s roll out schedule, the iPad 3’s release date is expected sometime in early 2012.
Image via ipadresolution.com.
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