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Current iPad was actually ‘Plan B’


According to Raymond Soneira, CEO of DisplayMate Technologies, the current iPad is not the device that Apple originally intended as the tablet’s third incarnation.

According to Raymond Soneira, CEO of DisplayMate Technologies, the current iPad is not the device that Apple originally intended as the tablet’s third incarnation.

Raymond Soneira, CEO of DisplayMate Technologies, said in an interview with CNET that the third generation iPad was going to be thinner, sporting a new display from Sharp, featuring so-called "IGZO" technology.

"The plan was to use this new technology called IGZO from Sharp — a lot higher electron mobility that allows them to make the transistors a lot smaller and the circuit elements a lot smaller," said Soneira in his interview with CNET. "There's no question that the iPad 3 is Plan B. They pushed amorphous silicon to a higher [pixels per inch] than anybody else."

Apparently, Sharp's IGZO wasn't ready in time for the iPad, and Apple had to go with their plan B. It's also been reported that Sharp could not keep up with the manufacturing demand that the new iPad would have necessitated.

But despite what could be seen as a disappointment, the iPad is in no sad condition, nor is it exactly a Stone Age device. The current version of the iPad is packed with plenty of fantastic specs, including the high resolution Retina display and a five megapixel iSight camera. That isn't to speak of the Apple A5X CPU.

This news does match several rumors that floated about before the iPad was revealed, suggesting that Apple would indeed try to use the IGZO technology from Sharp. The affirmation of this case is sure to be fresh fuel for rumors of the next iPad.

As the old saying goes, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. And, as one observer pointed out, it seems that plan B for Apple is plan A for everybody else.

Source: Cult of Mac

Brandon Shutt
Brandon is an A+ certified technician and freelance writer living in East Tennessee. He loves God, writing, science (especially technology) and philosophy. He is currently preparing to enter the field of information security.

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