Will Apple Release a High-Resolution ‘iPad 2 Plus’ This Year?

Will Apple Release a High-Resolution ‘iPad 2 Plus’ This Year?

Just as Apple recovers from the overwhelming launch demand of its iPad 2, one analyst says the company is preparing to release a second device before year end, with a high-resolution display dubbed the “iPad 2 Plus.”

Citing sources in Apple’s supply chain, Craig Berger with FBR Capital Markets issued a note to investors in which he says iPad component makers have received requests-for-quotes from Apple for another iPad model that will sell alongside the iPad 2, rather than an entirely new third-generation device.

While no production schedule has been confirmed, Berger says the device will boast a pixel density greater than the current model:

“We hear Apple could migrate the iPad’s display resolution from a current pixel density of 132 (pixels per inch) to 250-300 ppi for the ‘iPad 2 Plus’ (note that the iPhone 4’s screen is 326 ppi).”

However, Berger himself seems slightly skeptical about the claims, and says that while the information is “interesting,” he would need to hear more about the new model before “fully believing” that the “iPad 2 Plus” will launch this year.

Berger says a second iPad in 2011 would diminish productions volumes during fourth quarter as suppliers like LG and Samsumg struggle to meet demand. He said these companies would “likely have difficulties” increasing production of high-resolution displays immediately.

This follows a DigiTimes report published last week which also claims a third iPad was recently added to the production schedule and is set to release alongside the iPhone 5 this September.

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  • MacGoo

    I call Bravo Sierra on this. Apple has been so finicky about performance battery life that they wouldn’t simply drop an higher-res screen onto the current-gen hardware, which while admittedly fast would struggle to drive that many pixels.

  • Mike Rathjen

    Who says that the display has to be the only change? Perhaps the “iPad 2 Plus” will also have a better battery or more efficient hardware.

  • Karras

    But too significant a change would surely warrant calling it an “entirely new third-generation device”, no?

    For myself, I might start to put some faith in rumours such as this when higher res screens also start appearing on their laptops and desktop displays. Is it really likely that they will shoehorn a display approaching the resolution of their 27″, top of the line iMac (as some of the rumours would in effect have it), in a device with a 10″ display? Would it not at least seem likely that the new Airs can expect a similar upgrade in pixel density?

  • Tom McGrath

    But they wouldn’t just make a new A6 chip straight away just for a secondary model. I’m highly sceptical about this; I don’t think Apple would want to annoy their customers that had just bought an iPad 2 this much.

  • Mike Rathjen

    I actually doubt this too. However, in my heart, I’m rooting for higher res.

    Resolution is the one thing holding me back from an iPad. iPads looked great until I got an iPhone 4. Suddenly the iPad’s resolution went from great to unacceptable.

    The retina display has ruined things for me just like 1080P HD makes 4:3 SDTV look terrible.

  • baby_Twitty

    iPad 2 plus? LMAO, if this is true, apple won’t be that dumb to use that name.
    It would be iPad 2 HD.

  • Julia Macfarlane

    Fml I just bought an ipad 2 32gb

  • MacGoo

    Exactly. If they upgraded the screen, they’d HAVE to upgrade the hardware backing up that screen, in which case we’d be calling it the iPad 3, not the iPad 2+. The ONLY way to continue their existing technology of pixel doubling (for apps not built for higher-res screens) is to build a screen with 2x the pixels both vertically and horizontally (for a total of 4x the pixels with a resolution of 2048×1536 and a pixel density of 260 ppi). Even that lower-than-iPhone 4 density (326ppi) would require a significant enough spec bump to call it the iPad 3.

  • B Stur

    Alright, here’s the scoop:
    Apple will release an iPad-Mini/iPod Touch Grande with a 7″ Retina display quality screen!
    Remember that you read it here first…

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