There are some existing speculations that the new iPad was just a plan B for the Apple Company. In short, it was not the real plan. Many people find it very difficult to hold the new iPad for a long period of time because of its heavier weight compared to the iPad 2. For you as a reader, you might think, “Is it time to sell my iPad?” But wait a second; there must be some explanation why the iPad 3 is like that.
Although the third-generation iPad is considered the best thing ever happened to the iPad, many believe that the design was a bit pretentious, as if it was not the real plan. Well, according to Apple, it was not the real plan; it was just Plan B. But don’t get mad now since there is an explanation about the change of plan.
Many users sold their iPad 2 after the release of the new iPad. Many find the Retina Display with its 2048 x 1536 pixels (264 pixels per inch), with the 4G LTE, wonderful because it delivers vibrant and detailed resolution of graphics, both in videos, games and photos. But, some find it a bit disappointing that the new iPad is thicker and heavier than the iPad 2. Of course, who would not be disappointed if it pains you to hold your favorite tablet PC for a long period of time, right? Although the current iPad has the same height and width, its thickness increased to 0.37 inch, increasing the weight to 1.44 pounds. But, Apple explains that they did not intend it to be like that. Like I said, it was Plan B.
According to Raymond Soneira, the founder, president and CEO of DiplayMate Technologies, the original plan
“was to use this new technology called IGZO from Sharp—a lot higher electron mobility that allows them to make the transistors a lot smaller and the circuit elements a lot smaller.”
These transistors and circuit elements, because of their smaller size, allow more light, thus, reducing the number of backlights needed. This would make the display assembly thinner.
The problem with Plan A was that Sharp was not yet ready for its IGZO display to be released, forcing the Apple Company to fall back on the more traditional silicon technology. Soneira added about the new iPad, “There’s no question that the iPad 3 is Plan B. They pushed amorphous silicon to a higher [pixels per inch] than anybody else. But the light throughout is not good. So it has roughly twice as many LEDs, and they had to get a 70 percent larger battery.”
DisplaySearch analyst, Richard Shim agrees with Soneira saying,
“The idea was that IGZO would enable a brighter display and you could use less LEDs and you wouldn’t need as big a battery compared to amorphous silicon.”
Although the design of the new iPad was just a backup plan, I think that it is still worth buying. It is not really that bad. And if you’re not the type of person who goes on whining about the slightly heavier weight, then the new iPad is not a problem at all. You can still sell your old iPad just so you can have the new one. Besides, IGZO technology will be another good feature for Apple to add to the planned iPad Mini.