From The Register:

Apple is ordering fewer 9.7in, 1024 x 768 IPS LCD panels but it hasn’t cut out the part entirely. That suggests it does indeed plan to continue selling the iPad 2 after the LTE-equipped iPad 3 has gone on sale in March.

According to whispers from the Asian display supply chain, the Mac maker asked for 1m 9.7in, 2048 x 1536 panels in Q4 2011, but has upped that to an estimated 6-7m units in Q1, DigiTimes reports.

It will increase the order count further, to 10m units in Q3.

As demand for the higher-resolution panels rises, so orders for the older screens falls – but not to zero.



  1. Tim Cook’s a clever man, far more clever as a business executive than Steve Jobs. Apple would be well-advised to protect themselves from beneath by continuing to sell a ‘good enough for many’ iPad 2 at a price that’s only a little bit above those who’re trying to undersell them. A $350 iPad 2 could do that and a $300 one would destroy the competition and give even Amazon headaches.

    Given the impressive feature set that rumors are claiming for the iPad 3, $300-350 is also about the price Apple needs to sell the iPad 2 if they want to keep their low-end iPad 3 at $500. The key is probably the cost they pay for the most expensive part of an iPad, the screen discussed above. If that price can come down, the new pricing makes sense.

    Personally, I’m waiting for the iPad version of Scrivener to come out before I make any decision about buying one. Scrivener on a Mac is marvelous for writing. Scrivener on an iPad might be ideal for on-the-go writing.

  2. Any news “article” about Apple that includes the phrase “from the Register” and “Digitimes” should be taken with a large dose of salt.

    That being said, the more relevant rumor mills seem to be indicating that Apple will do the same thing with the iPad that they are doing with the iPhone – have multiple models available – Right now, you can get a new iPhone 3GS, 4, and 4S – at varying price points.

    But it’s never an easy thing to guess what Apple is going to do next with any absolute accuracy. They ignore what the industry analysts and pundits say they should do and follow their own path.

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