There was a rumor going around a while back that Apple was going to launch an upgraded iPad, something like an iPad HD with a Retina display. This was not destined to be the iPad 3, it was going to be more of a “pro” model. The analogy was made that the iPad would be the MacBook/MacBook Air while the iPad HD would be the MacBook Pro of tablets. Those plans have been cancelled, reports say.
According to multiple reports (TiPB and Digitimes) the rumored model was canned. If reports are correct, (and we don’t even know if the thing was happening in the first place) it’s because of the yield rate.
Here’s a portion of the Digitimes report:
“The sources believe that the yield rate of the 9.7-inch panel that feature resolution of 2,048 by 1,536 may be the major reason of the supply delay since such panels are mainly supplied by Japan-based Sharp with a high price and Apple’s other supply partners Samsung Electronics and LG Display are both unable to reach a good yield. Since Apple is unable to control a certain level of supply volume, the iPad 3 is unlikely to be mass produced as scheduled, the sources added.”
They also mention that the higher resolution requires a larger backlight and that the current one was unable to reach satisfactory results.
Oh well, looks like we will be waiting next year for the next iPad model/models.