Analyst Claims Apple May Release Tweaked iPad 3

BY Rounak Jain

Published 8 Sep 2012

Along side rumors of the iPad going smaller, there have also been rumors about the existing third gen iPad being updated with minor tweaks.

These minor tweaks range from an updated heat dissipation mechanism to address concerns that sprang earlier, to a completely new display based on IGZO technology, helping the device reduce its thickness. A research note from research firm NPD DisplaySearch details these changes, which CNET reports on.

From CNET’s report:

DisplaySearch last week published a research note about the updated iPad Retina, which said “Apple is working with the LCD supply chain to refresh the display, including revising the LED backlight design for cost reduction, refining the thermal solution, reducing the weight by replacing some components, and fine tuning the panel transmittance for lower power consumption.”

That would include using an IGZO display to reduce the display’s thickness and heat, [analyst Richard] Shim added. Samsung would be a likely manufacturer, he said.

If Apple does update the current generation iPad, it’ll be interesting to see how the company packages the announcement so as to make it seem like an insignificant update, and not annoy early buyers. If the thickness remains the same and all the other changes are not user-facing, the company could even update the lineup without any public announcement. If it does choose to make an announcement, a few minutes during the iPad mini event would be the most likely option, as KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo predicted.

DisplayMate CEO Raymond Soneira had earlier said that thinner IGZO displays were always the plan A for the third gen iPad, but supply side issues forced Apple to switch to plan B and release the iPad with a display that made it thicker than its predecessor.

As a third-gen iPad owner, would you be annoyed about a tweaked, possibly thinner, iPad releasing so soon?