Despite record high activations of the new iPad on the AT&T network and tremendous demand for the device, it looks like there might be enough new iPads to go around thanks to ramped up production by Apple and Sharp.
According to the Wall Street Journal, Sharp plans to greatly increase production of the Retina display iPad and then ship thedisplay as soon as possible. It’s worth noting that the initial shipment of the iPad did not feature Sharp’s LCD display, but rather one supplied by Samsung. From this point forward, all future versions of the new iPad will come with a display manufactured either by Samsung, Sharp or LG.
A source told the WSJ that the reason why Sharp and LG-made displays weren’t initially used in the iPad was due to “difficulty in customizing the screens according to Apple’s requirement.” This certainly makes sense as Apple has a very high standard for their products and they want to ensure that the display is of a high quality. If the display doesn’t exactly fit their specifications, it’s only natural that they’d hold off until it does.
So what’s the difference between the Samsung, Sharp, and LG displays? We don’t know yet as an iPad featuring a display made by Sharp or LG hasn’t been released as of now. However, with some reports of yellow-colored displays already coming out about the new iPad, we’re thinking that the Sharp and LG displays probably won’t be prone to this problem.
As mentioned, Sharp didn’t give an exact date for when their displays will be used in the new iPad, though we’d expect it to be pretty soon. With the upcoming graduation season as well as summer, the iPad’s sales should only increase and Apple will definitely want to ensure that demand is met by manufacturing as many iPads as possible.