Apple never, ever, EVER reveals details about its new products, but sometimes its suppliers are a little more loose-lipped.
The Wall Street Journal reports that Apple is buying up components to build the next generation iPad 3, due for release sometime in 2012. Most importantly:
The next generation iPad is expected to feature a high resolution display – 2048 by 1536 compared with 1024 by 768 in the iPad 2 – and Apple’s suppliers have already shipped small quantities of components for the sampling of the iPad 3. Suppliers said Apple has placed orders for a 9.7-inch screen device.
BINGO! As I had hoped in my pieces about the original iPad, Apple has finally ported the Retina Screen, or something similar, to the iPad 3. Note that the resolution of the new screen is close to that of a 3MP monitor, and so at least that parameter will suffice for review of computed radiography. Of course, we don’t know the luminance of the new screen (probably less than your current Barco) or the bit-depth and so on, but…
Vendors, mark my word…the iPad 3 will be THE new mobile viewing platform. Bank on it, plan for it, and be prepared with software and/or server-side products ready to handle it. Trust me. Have I ever let you down?