April 2, 2012

LG’s New Flexible E-ink Display Heads Into Mass Production

LG’s New Flexible E-ink Display Heads Into Mass Production

LG’s new flexible display heading into mass production.

Some might think that a flexible display is something out of a Sci-Fi film, however, they’re actually real. Samsung has already shown off its OLED flexible display, and today, we’ve gotten word that LG has now put its flexible e-ink display into mass production. Are these leading the way for a larger flexible display to land on the next iPad? 

LG’s new flexible display in its current state isn’t ideal for an iPad. It measures in at 6-inches, which is the same size as Amazon’s Kindle and Barnes and Noble’s Nook. It’s silly to think Apple would put an e-ink display on any of its tablet, considering it’s no where comparable to the beautiful Retina-display that is included on the new iPad.

If companies like LG and Samsung can begin manufacturing flexible displays on the 7-inch or 10-inch level, with higher graphics, they’ll probably make it into the next iPad. But until they’re better than the Retina display, there may be some waiting.

What is interesting here is the fact that the technology has begun to roll out, and will soon be making its way into devices. I suspect flexible display technology to first be featured in 6-inch e-readers, and that’s most likely what the flexible LG display is being made for. How about the next Kindle?

Despite what you might think, a flexible display is actually cheaper than a glass display. The plastic is cheaper to manufacture and is actually half the weight and 30% lighter than glass. Being plastic, it is also a bit more rugged than glass. Sounds perfect.

I think what we’re waiting for is a flexible OLED display to head into mass production. Check it out working on a concept handset:

What do you think of flexible displays?

[via Extreme Tech]

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200 Beautifully Minimal Wallpapers For Your New iPad’s Retina Display

200 Beautifully Minimal Wallpapers For Your New iPad’s Retina Display

My friend Chris Herbert has released another wallpaper pack, and this time he’s made 200 beautifully minimal designs for the new iPad’s Retina display. His new collection, Subtle Papers II, is available for free now, and you’re sure to find at least one wallpaper that suits your fancy. A lot of sweat and love when into this collection, so be a kind soul and share it with your friends!

From Chris’s personal blog:

I wanted to do something bigger and better this round, not only in pixel density but also quantity. The original Subtle Papers contained 6 (3 dark and 3 light) wallpapers. I decided to “up the ante” this time and make a 2048 pixels by 2048 pixels of EVERY pattern from Subtle Patterns. Yes, I said every pattern, that’s almost 200 total. It took some time but with the magic of Atle Mo’s Photoshop pattern file and some homemade Actions, it made the process tolerable.

Subtle Patterns is indeed a great resource for designers, so be sure to check it out if that’s your thing. Chris’s Subtle Patterns for iPhone wallpaper collection is still available as well.

The 200 wallpapers in Subtle Papers II are hosted on Dropbox. They have been separated into light and dark designs. Chris notes that you can browse through them and download the specific ones you want, or download it all in a big, fat .zip file. I recommend saving them on your desktop computer and then sideloading them to your iPad due to Safari’s weird behavior with Retina-sized images in iOS.

Click here to browse Subtle Papers II in Dropbox. Also, stop by Chris Herbert’s personal site and tell him thanks.

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Reflection App Updated To Effortlessly Mirror The New iPad’s Retina Display On A Mac

Reflection App Updated To Effortlessly Mirror The New iPad’s Retina Display On A Mac

The white iPad frame in Reflection 1.2 looks sexy.

Remember when we told you about the amazing Reflection Mac app that lets you mirror your iOS device screen over AirPlay? Well, the developer of Reflection just updated the app with support for Apple’s latest iPad and its beautiful Retina display.

The huge update also includes support for recording audio as well as video from your iPhone or iPad. Several new features, including full screen ‘theatre’ streaming to your Mac, have been included in version 1.2 of Reflection as well.

Version 1.2 – Release Notes

  • iPad 3rd Generation Support - Reflection is now optimized for use with your new iPad.
Note: Apple limits the mirroring of the new iPad to 720p, about half of its total screen resolution
  • Recording - Now you can record the video and audio of your iPad 2, iPad 3 or iPhone 4S right in Reflection!
  • Added full screen theatre mode - Streams can now go true, full screen.
  • Photo gallery and photo streaming support
  • Videos now play in Reflection instead of opening Quicktime
  • Choose black or white iPhone and iPad frames
  • Scale your mirroring to show a scaled image that fits on your screen or the entire, full-size stream
  • Better 10.7 Mountain Lion support and other miscellaneous performance improvements

Note that the new iPad’s Retina display resolution is so obviously huge that you won’t be able to view it at full scale on your Mac.

You can buy Reflection for $ 15 on your Mac running OS X Lion or the Mountain Lion developer preview. It’s a great app that makes iOS mirroring to a Mac over AirPlay a breeze. Supported iOS devices only include the iPhone 4S, iPad 2, and third-gen iPad due to hardware requirements.

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Rumor: Apple working on 5-inch Retina display device for 2013

By AppleInsider Staff

Published: 03:18 PM EST (12:18 PM PST)
Apple is working on a new device with a 5-inch high-resolution Retina display set to launch in 2013, according to a new report.

Citing a Chinese source, Japanese website Macotakara reported on Wednesday that this new mystery product will have a screen resolution of either 1,600 pixels by 960 pixels, or 1,280 by 960 pixels.

Apple is said to be working with LCD suppliers in preparation for the new device. It was not said whether the new product would be a larger iPod touch, a smaller iPad, or something else entirely.

The report comes on the heels of another recent rumor that claimed Apple’s next-generation iPhone would feature a 4.6-inch Retina display, significantly larger than the 3.5-inch screen currently found on the iPhone and iPod touch.

There have been numerous indications of late that Apple is experimenting with a number of potential screen sizes for touchscreen devices, though it’s questionable whether any of the products, including the latest rumored 5-inch device, will ever see the light of day. There have been repeated rumors that Apple has experimented with a smaller iPad sporting a 7-inch screen, though the late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs panned devices of that size as unsuitable years ago.

As recently as this month, there have been claims that Apple is working on a 7.85-inch iPad that the company could release as early as this year. App Advice even offered a potential justification for that screen size in an editorial on Wednesday in which it noted a 7.85-inch iPad with a screen resolution of 1,024 by 768 pixels would have 163 pixels per inch — the same resolution as pre-retina iPhone and iPod touch displays.


Apple updates iTunes Movie Trailers app to work with the Retina Display

Apple released an iTunes Movie Trailers app last year, so you could watch movie trailers from iTunes directly on your iPad, and that app has just been updated with the ability to stream movies at a higher resolution (probably around 1080p, since that’s the usual format for these things, but we can’t be sure). This way, they’ll look even better on the Retina Display of your new iPad. You can go right now, and watch movie trailers like The Avengers, Prometheus, and more over there for free.

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Next iPhone Will Have 3.5-Inch Display, LTE And Micro Dock Connector [Rumor]

Next iPhone Will Have 3.5-Inch Display, LTE And Micro Dock Connector [Rumor]

The likelihood of Apple significantly expanding the size of the next iPhone to make way for a bigger display is pretty laughable, but LTE seems like a lock for the next iPhone. That’s why we’ve got a good feeling about a new report that says that while the next iPhone will be truly 4G in every sense of the term, the biggest change to the overall form factor of the device will be a new micro dock connector.

According to iMore‘s Rene Ritchie, his sources have confirmed to him that the iPhone 5,1, as it is being called, will have:

• Similar if not same sized screen (currently 3.5-inch but not set in stone)

• 4G LTE radio

• New “micro dock” connector

• Fall/October 2012 release

I’d say about all of these are set in stone, with the exception of the micro dock connector. iMore has predicted this tinier dock connector before, and it certainly makes sense: within the iPhone, every millimeter needs to count, and the dock connector takes up a huge amount of real estate within the handset. An Apple dock equivalent to micro USB would be a much more efficient use of space, but it would also cause backwards compatibility problems with a legion of accessories.

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Molten-Hot iPads, Retina Display MacBooks, And More On This Week’s CultCast

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Episode 5 of The CultCast just hit iTunes my friends, and this one is sure to give you a pleasant tingly sensation.

This week we investigate the truth behind overheating new iPads; declare why new retina display MacBooks could be in your hands by summer; and new iPad data plans — why are some users chewing through their monthly caps in less than a week?

All that and so much more on this week’s CultCast. Subscribe now!

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Apple Updates iTunes Move Trailers App For The New iPad’s Retina Display

Apple Updates iTunes Move Trailers App For The New iPad’s Retina Display

Apple has finally updated its iTunes Move Trailers app for the new iPad’s Retina display. I say ‘finally’ because most of Apple’s own iOS apps were updated with Retina graphics on March 7th, but the Trailers app was left out.

You can download the update for Trailers in the App Store now, and it looks fantastic.

Unlike the Netflix app, Apple’s Trailers will let you stream video in stunning on HD. If you haven’t been using Trailers on your iPad and iPad, download it now and discover what you’ve been missing. Not only can you view trailers for upcoming movies, but there’s a handy calendar view for release dates, charts, favorite starring, and ticket/showing info. A great app just got even better.

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Windows 8 Will Support Retina Display Tablets Just Like The iPad

Windows 8 Will Support Retina Display Tablets Just Like The iPad

Windows 8 will ensure it won’t be long before the new iPad has its Retina display rivals.

If you thought that the new iPad would be the only tablet to sport a true Retina display, then think again. Microsoft is encouraging tablet makers to introduce high-resolution displays into their devices with support for resolutions up to 2560×1440.

Windows 8 will have the ability to upscale elements of its user interface to accommodate high-definition devices. For example, for HD tablets with a resolution of 1920×1080, 140% scaling will be applied, while quad-XGA tablets with a resolution of 2560×1440 will get 180% scaling. This means that you will see the same thing on a HD display than you would of a standard-definition one, only the user interface is sharper and crisper.

Microsoft actually uses the new iPad in a post on its Building Windows 8 blog to explain scaling:

Some might be curious about the new iPad screen. For this screen, Apple has chosen a scale factor of 200%. The new screen has twice the pixel density (132 PPI to 234 PPI) on the same size screen. Because iOS and developers only need to support the predefined resolutions, they only need to design for this one additional scaling factor. In the case of iPad 2 compared to new iPad the 200% scaling factor means that what you see on 1024×768 is exactly what you see on the new resolution, only sharper because more pixels are used (as in the image of the app above).

This strengthens previous rumors that claimed Samsung was working on an 11.6-inch Windows 8 tablet that would feature an extreme 2560×1440 resolution. Samsung, of course, has already partnered with Microsoft to build the first Windows 8 tablet for developers.

With this support in Windows 8, we could see rival tablet displays with even greater pixel densities than the new iPad. It’s a shame they won’t be running iOS.

[via SlashGear]

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Rumor: Next-gen iPhone to feature 4.6-inch Retina Display

By Josh Ong

Published: 11:30 PM EST (08:30 PM PST)
An unverified report claims Apple has begun placing orders for a 4.6-inch Retina Display bound for the next-generation iPhone that could launch as early as “around the second quarter.”

Reuters issued the report on Wednesday, citing South Korea’s Maeil Business Newspaper. An unnamed industry source reportedly told the Korean publication that Apple has chosen the larger display and has already begun ordering the part from suppliers.

The rumor suggested that domestic Korean suppliers have received the orders, making Samsung and LG likely candidates as suppliers. Both companies have supplied displays for Apple’s mobile products in the past.

The original report also claimed that the new display would be a Retina Display, which Apple specifies as having a pixel density of 300 pixels per inch when used at a distance of 10-12 inches.

If accurate, Wednesday’s report signals a break by Apple from its past practice, as the company has elected not to change the 3.5-inch screen size of the iPhone since it launched in 2007. However, the likelihood that the rumor is indeed accurate appears to be relatively low. Rumors of a 4-inch iPhone screen have persisted for some time now, but claims of a 4.6-inch screen size are some of the largest yet.

In addition, the rumored second quarter launch is highly questionable, as it would mean a new iPhone arriving between six to nine months after the iPhone 4S. A machine translation of the original report has the article claiming the new handset will come out “this summer” with no mention of the second quarter. The astronomical definition of summer most closely aligns with the third quarter of the calendar year. Multiple reports have pointed to a September or October launch for the next-generation iPhone.

A number of Wall Street analysts expect the sixth-generation iPhone to incorporate 4G LTE. Investment firm Barclays said on Wednesday that Apple is reviewing components for the next iPhone and is likely to utilize the Qualcomm “MDM9615″ chip that supports voice and data connections over LTE. Speculation has also arisen that Apple will revert to a simpler naming scheme for the iPhone as it has recently done with the iPad.