Apple’s next-gen iPad is likely to sport a high-res Retina Display, a feature which Digitimes reports is forcing Apple to consider alternative backlight solutions for the device as the current LED light bar in the iPad 2 is reportedly not strong enough to sufficiently illuminate the display.
With the next-generation iPads expected to adopt LCD panels with resolutions higher than 2048 by 1536, the current single LED light bar designed for the iPad 2 has to be modify in order to maintain or strengthen the brightness of the panels, the sources explained.
One of the new LED light bar designs has proposed to keep the light bar in a single-bar form factor but with two LED chips inside; the other has suggested using dual-LED light bars, the sources indicated.
The most likely solution, Digitimes claims, is for Apple to implement dual light bars as issues relating to heat dissipation and battery consumption have been resolved.
As for iPad 3 features that don’t pertain to the display, rumor has it that Apple’s next-gen iPad will come with a quad core A6 processor, better battery life, and finally, a slightly thinner form factor.