7.85" iPad Mini to Use iPhone 3GS Screen Tech
July 5, 2012 1:19 PM
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Apple can produce this type of screen efficiently and affordably
may be one of Apple's main upcoming gadgets this year, but its display technology is a blast from the past with iPhone 3GS features.
John Gruber, the iPad Mini will have a 7.85-inch display with a 1024x768 pixel resolution. This is dramatically different from the
new iPad's 9.7-inch screen with 2048x1536 Retina Display
Gruber also mentioned that the mini version will use the same display technology as the iPhone 3GS. He came to this conclusion because Apple can produce this type of screen efficiently and affordably.
"Here’s the logic behind such a display," said Gruber. "Displays aren’t manufactured at their finished size; rather, they’re made on big sheets, and then cut to size. I believe the iPad Mini (or whatever it’s going to be called) uses the same display as the iPhone 3GS. So instead of cutting these sheets into 3.5-inch 480 × 320 displays for the iPhone 3GS, they’ll cut them into 7.85-inch 1024 × 768 displays for the smaller iPad. Same exact display technology, though — display technology that Apple has been producing at scale ever since the original iPhone five years ago."
The iPad Mini is meant to help Apple compete with the likes of Amazon's Kindle Fire, which is a 7-inch Android-powered tablet that was released last November for only $199. The Fire ended up being a smash hit during the holiday season, where
Amazon moved 4.7 million units
during Q4 2011. This is nearly a third of Apple's iPad volume during that same period, which moved 15.4 million units. Apple needs to stay on its toes when it comes to Amazon's Fire competitor, because
a new Kindle Fire
is reportedly on the way as soon as this month, and it's expected to have more features like exterior volume controls and a camera.
Amazon isn't the only competitor to keep an eye on, though. Google just started taking orders for its
7-inch Nexus Tablet
which will be the first to feature Google's Android 4.1 Jelly Bean mobile operating system. The other specs include a 1.3 GHz quad-core Tegra 3 processor, a GeForce 12-core graphics processor, 1 GB of RAM and a resolution of 1280x800. The 8 GB model will sell for $199.
Microsoft's latest Surface tablet
announcement isn't exactly in the $199, 7-inch category, it should still be a noted Apple competitor. The new Surface tablets will be 10.6 inches with
a 3 mm fold-out keyboard that doubles as a case, and a thin 9.3 mm frame. It comes in two different versions, including
the Windows RT model with a Tegra 3 processor and 32/64 GB SSD options, and the Windows 8 Pro model with Intel Corp's Core i5 Ivy Bridge processors and 64/128 GB SSD options.
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7/9/2012 11:12:16 AM
Apple does not produce any of its own screens. They are made by other OEMs. To suggest that a production line used by the 3GS has remained unchanged in the last 5 years so it can just be reused for the ipad mini is ridiculous. The 3gs has gone out of production and the factory resources used to make it's parts would have been retasked for other purposes, upgraded, or both. Also, it's entirely possible that during its production run, the 3GS would have used multiple suppliers for screens, not just an single production line(s) that can now be reused for the ipad mini. This article is entirely without merit and lacks a basic understanding of manufacturing.
7/9/2012 4:21:25 PM
The 3GS is still for sale - it's the 'free' iPhone offering.
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