Now when Apple has finally released its iPad, and have also received glaring response to it, next is what from the tech-giant. May be iPad II…..what say? According to the Digitimes’ unnamed sources, Apple has “recently placed new iPad orders to Taiwan-based component makers for the fourth quarter of 2010 and the first quarter of 2011 with 9.7-inch, 5.6-inch, and 7-inch models all included.”
It’s known that if Apple launches an iPad next, it has to be some-way better than its present model. And now fresh rumors suggest that Apple’s second-generation iPad may feature 5.6- and 7-inch OLED screens, and may hit the shelves as soon as the fourth quarter of 2010, according to the Taipei-based Digitimes.
But OLED screens are something tough to digest, as they are still fairly expensive. According to Digitimes Research senior analyst Mingchi Kuo, the current price of a 9.7-inch LCD iPad panel costs around $60-$70, while the price of a 9.7-inch OLED screen costs around $500. Kuo noted in April that the price gap is “unlikely to narrow significantly in 2010 or 2011.”
Kuo also points out that the current largest OLED maker, Samsung Electronics, does not even have the capacity to supply the company’s own products with OLED screens, so it’s unlikely that Apple will suddenly find itself in a windfall of OLED screens in the fourth quarter of 2010.
But this report stays consistent with the earlier rumors (also reported by Digitimes) in April that suggested the second-generation iPad would feature an OLED screen. The report also states that the 5.6- and 7-inch models would most likely target the e-book reader market, while the 9.7-inch model will receive some “minor changes” and remain a model targeted at the multimedia entertainment market.