As the highly anticipated third generation iPad was introduced to the market, it became obvious that its best-selling point will be the high-resolution display. The 9.7-inch screen of Apple's new tablet features a pixel density of 264 ppi, not as much as the Retina Display on the iPhone 4, but still four times that of the iPad 2 and a better resolution than HDTV.
Making the screens was, according to sources inside the supply chain, quite a challenge. A few months ago, the analysts were sure that the current technology does not allow mass production of such high resolution displays and fortunately - the reality proved them wrong.
Currently, rumours state that Apple is relying on Sharp, Samsung, and LG Display for the manufacture of the high-resolution displays.
However, it is still quite tricky for some manufacturers to keep up with Apple's demand. Apparently, the company that has problems in meeting Apple's requirements, when it comes to shipment volumes, is Sharp.
According to display analyst, NPD DisplaySearch, Apple has switched the manufacturing technology in order to keep up with competition.