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The rumored iPad Pro could adopt an oxide LCD screen technology, with Sharp, LG Display and Samsung Display all sending out samples, Taiwanese trade publication DigiTimes reported Thursday.

The company allegedly assessed different technologies ranging from a-Si, TFT LCD and oxide LCD before deciding to go with the latter. The report adds that the iPad Pro will go into mass production in the third quarter of 2015.

Sharp is expected to be the main supplier of oxide LCD panels for the iPad Pro, with LG identified as the most likely contender. “Panel suppliers are expected to be chosen soon and afterwards will begin producing limited amounts of supply around May followed by mass production in July and August,” markets sources told the publication.

Back in November 2014, KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said the 12.9-inch iPad would adopt oxide LCD tech to achieve quick response times and high color saturation.

Bloomberg last night reported that the larger iPad has been pushed back until fall due to delays involving the supply of display panels.

In addition, The Wall Street Journal has learned that the device may come outfitted with USB 3.0 ports for connecting mice, keyboard and possibly other USB accessories such as external storage.

Source: DigiTimes

  • Chris Tangler

    this probably isn’t popular opinion but I don’t want a tablet (including ipad) with a USB, that’s what a laptop/computer is for.

    • rockdude094

      You must be joking?

      • Gotta agree with ya! Why would anyone not want a USB port on an iPad? That is just crazy talk!

      • Gary le

        For reals. Does it hurt to have one? Hell no!

    • justme

      apple has been working for years in all their enviroment to get rid the USB from mobile plataforms, that’s the reason why there’s iCloud.
      No need USB, you just need to learn how to use it and adopt this new way to work with.

      • Show me iCloud doing any of the following:

        “- Giving me additional storage space to install my apps and run them without lag

        – Acting as a backup battery for my SmartPhone and/or Bluetooth headset whenever the need arises

        – Connecting me to a Blu-Ray drive and ripping/playing my movies

        – Connecting me to an Ethernet port when in the office

        – Giving me access to all my multimedia and documents when offline or on a trip

        – Connecting me to a fax machine”

      • I can’t think of any mobile OS nowadays that supports installing apps on external storage due to its unreliable nature.

        Charging doesn’t require host mode USB ports, and currently it works fine.

        Mac doesn’t even support Bluray without some hackish solution, so don’t expect iOS to support it.

        Ethernet, fax machine? I thought Apple is deliberately not supporting them to encourage better alternatives. It’s not a mobile device if you have to connect an Ethernet cable.

      • “I can’t think of any mobile OS nowadays that supports installing apps on external storage due to its unreliable nature.”

        Surprise, Android 5.0 (http://bit. ly/1H3qF33) and Windows Phone 10 (http://bit. ly/1H3tiC6) supports it, plus Windows 8.1.1 (an extremely versatile mobile OS that tends to get the title of only desktop OS) also supports it. So in other words, you can’t think of any other mobile OS besides iOS…not surprised. As for it being unreliable, in what way? ‘Cause Apple hasn’t implementend it, it’s unreliable?

        “Charging doesn’t require host mode USB ports, and currently it works fine.”

        That’s one of the uses it has on my Surface Pro, especially when on the public transit bus or in the air. You could also go and buy a portable battery pack, but why add that to my load when my tablet can accomplish the same thing at no extra cost?

        “Mac doesn’t even support Bluray without some hackish solution, so don’t expect iOS to support it.”

        You serious? Thanks for pointing out yet another nonsense restriction in Mac OS X. I enjoy BluRay on my Surface Pro easily, thanks to AnyDVD.

        “Ethernet, fax machine? I thought Apple is deliberately not supporting them to encourage better alternatives.”

        Better alternatives? Oh you mean like paying for every fax sent using some app? Or having to switch to some other device in order to access your office intranet? If that’s better to your ears, you really are mindless of your wallet so long as it goes to Apple…you know what you are.

        “It’s not a mobile device if you have to connect an Ethernet cable.”

        You don’t have to connect it to Ethernet, you could instead throw more of your cash out the window for a separate device like a Laptop. I just pointed out another use of a USB port.

      • More functionality might appeal to some, but I prefer something that does one thing and does it well in a consistent way.

        Android 5.0 still doesn’t allow apps to be installed on SD cards, and WP10 is not released. SD card is not reliable in an app’s perspective. You can’t expect on files to be present and usable even after you’ve opened it, and the performance for reading files is unpredictable. More complicated logic is required to deal with SD cards, and it will certainly cause more bugs. From the links you provided, it says that WP10 only allows certain apps to move to SD card, so no backward compatibility, and just rewrite your apps.

        Lack of bluray support/flash support is sometimes inconvenient, but I’m glad that Apple makes a stand against those opaque standards instead of jumbo packing them all only to make it look better on paper. I don’t see anyone complaining about flash now, but back in the days, Apple is so blamed for it.

      • “More functionality might appeal to some, but I prefer something that does one thing and does it well in a consistent way.”

        I don’t consider worrying about compatibility problems where certain file types won’t open on one device or the other, or certain web content won’t display on one device or the other, or I lose formatting when transferring certain content from one device to the other, as consistent. That’s what I call an inconsistent experience. Then again, to each their own.

        “Android 5.0 still doesn’t allow apps to be installed on SD cards, and WP10 is not released.”

        They both allow you to move your app’s data to the SD card and reserve internal storage for the app’s launchers. Better than forcing you to cough up excessive amount of cash for higher capacity storage.

        “SD card is not reliable in an app’s perspective. You can’t expect on files to be present and usable even after you’ve opened it, and the performance for reading files is unpredictable.”

        Spoken like a true noob. You do realize that the internal storage in iPads/IPhones is literally just a MicroSD card soldered to the motherboard right? The performance is indifferent (same eMMC flash storage performance), and so long as you don’t remove the MicroSD card while using it, there’ll be 0 worries of data loss. That’s how it has been in all Samsung SmartPhones, that’s how it is in my Surface Pro tablet. Funny how much BSing you go through just to defend Apple’s moves.

        ” More complicated logic is required to deal with SD cards, and it will certainly cause more bugs.”

        Really? I haven’t had any bug worries with the MicroSD card handling my music, video, and portable applications library on my Surface Pro, neither did I have such worries with my 2008 HP Laptop handling the same libraries…must be talking about bugs from decades ago.

        “From the links you provided, it says that WP10 only allows certain apps to move to SD card, so no backward compatibility, and just rewrite your apps.”

        Sucks indeed, especially for such barely updated platform. Still there for any dev to implement and improve user convenience, better than not giving the option at all.

        “Lack of bluray support/flash support is sometimes inconvenient, but I’m glad that Apple makes a stand against those opaque standards instead of jumbo packing them all only to make it look better on paper.”

        It’s making a seamless user experience without the nonsense restrictions that just stop me from making my PC (personal computer) personal. More than just making the OS look good on paper. Then again, some prefer to remain restricted and have Apple make their decisions for them, that’s the great thing about options.

        ” I don’t see anyone complaining about flash now, but back in the days, Apple is so blamed for it.”

        You don’t? Then you probably haven’t seen any of the millions who use sites like Project Free TV that require flash. Friends of mine who want to access the same site on their iPad just get greeted with incompatibility frustrations.

      • Don’t even get me started on Win8. It’s such a huge mess. You never know when you click on a document, the app that opens it would be in a window or a full screen “modern” style interface. Win10 indeed is a improvement, but fundamentally, it’s the same old OS with 2 drastically different API that makes you switch every now and then.

        I can’t remember a single third party app that uses native controls on Windows. Hell, even their very own Office rewrites all controls used by their interface. That’s why they all behave crappy and inconsistent.

        What I said about SD card, I said in a developer’s view. In my experience as a iOS developer, I have nearly no concern over file systems. Just check if it exists and use it. However, when it comes to SD cards, it would require all the error handling of downloading a file over Internet. User might unplug the card any time, and if user uses a $1 card made by Chinese, it might even give back corrupted files.

        Anyway, if you are so against everything Apple stands for, why do you even come to iDownloadBlog? If you prefer anarchy over order, just go to an Android blog or a Windows blog.

      • “Don’t even get me started on Win8. It’s such a huge mess. You never know when you click on a document, the app that opens it would be in a window or a full screen “modern” style interface.”

        Hahaha, this little puppy has never heard of Default Programs…oh right, it never was given such choice on Mac OS X. Joke apart, it’s as easy as just single-clicking the file and the app it’ll open in is show in the file-explorer ribbon’s “Open” section. Want to change the default program, simply click the drop-down arrow in the “Open” section, select “Choose default program…” and choose your desired application. Alternatively, simply right-click, select “Open With” and choose your desired application. How that’s a mess, only a newbie would know.

        “Win10 indeed is a improvement, but fundamentally, it’s the same old OS with 2 drastically different API that makes you switch every now and then.”

        It’s way more different from Vista than OS X Yosemite is different from OS X Leopard, so, what’s your point?

        “I can’t remember a single third party app that uses native controls on Windows. Hell, even their very own Office rewrites all controls used by their interface. That’s why they all behave crappy and inconsistent.”

        Uhm, which native controls are you talking about? Keyboard shortcuts like Ctrl+C and Ctrl+V? Controls in the taskbar? Or what exactly are you referring to? Kindly elaborate there.

        “In my experience as a iOS developer, I have nearly no concern over file systems. Just check if it exists and use it. However, when it comes to SD cards, it would require all the error handling of downloading a file over Internet.”

        Uhm, there are APIs to handle accessing SD cards (http://bit. ly/1wOMMK8). So, in other words, you’re just being a lazy developer, not that there’s anything wrong with having an SD card option. We consumers don’t need lazy developers, we prefer to have better choices for our money, and non-lazy devs are providing that for us on Android and Windows.

        “Anyway, if you are so against everything Apple stands for, why do you even come to iDownloadBlog?”

        First off, I’m not against everything Apple does currently, second off, I come here ’cause I like to keep up with all tech news, regardless of which company it’s from. I keep up with Samsung news too, but I’ve never bought any of their devices. If you’re so into Apple and can’t stand seeing any criticism of their stuff, simply move to iFans or MacRumors blog, criticising Apple is probably forbidden there.

      • What? You don’t even know OS X can easily change open-with by option+”open with” menu? By the way, it can even change default program on a per file basis besides per extension.

        What “control” means in an UI sense is buttons, menus, text fields. Typical Windows programmers have to copy and paste a lot of boilerplate code just to start working on their programs. I’m glad to be a “lazy” programmer as you called it because the code that never goes wrong is the code you never need to write.

        Between leopard and Yosemite, snow leopard was already pure 64-bit while windows still rely heavily on 32bit libraries (see system32). It also introduced opencl which is the only open standard for unified computing. Mountain lion introduced Scenekt which is a 3d gaming engine that works great with all system frameworks. Yosemite has Swift and Storyboard that make developing for macs even easier. I don’t suppose you know that Mac comes with a bunch of preconfigured Unix command line tools that are hundred times better than their windows counterparts.

      • “What? You don’t even know OS X can easily change open-with by
        option+”open with” menu? By the way, it can even change default program
        on a per file basis besides per extension.”

        Well, you clearly weren’t aware of the same thing in Windows, hence why you gave such newbish example of why Windows 8 is messed up…

        “What “control” means in an UI sense is buttons, menus, text fields.”

        So, you’re saying each program having it’s own menu styling and different ways of invoking it is what bothers you? Uhm, k…to each their own.

        “Typical Windows programmers have to copy and paste a lot of boilerplate code just to start working on their programs.”

        No idea where you got that from, never had to do that to program applications in Visual Studio, so, I call BS.

        “I’m glad to be a “lazy” programmer as you called it because the code that never goes wrong is the code you never need to write.”

        A.K.A., API code. You’re the one that’s refusing to use the SD card API, not that it doesn’t exist.

        “Between leopard and Yosemite, snow leopard was already pure 64-bit while windows still rely heavily on 32bit libraries (see system32).”

        Lol, the little puppy doesn’t know what backwards compatibility is, that’s one of the main reasons I dislike OS X; it’s a none-stop compatibility breaking haven. Applications that were programmed for OS X Lion (like Microsoft Office) no longer work in OS X Mountain Lion, not to talk of OS X Mavericks nor Yosemite, so you’re stuck at the mercy of the dev hoping they’ll take the time again to make their application compatible with the new OS. If you refuse to update to the new OS, you miss out on many security fixes straight away. In the case of Microsoft Windows, applications that were made for Vista, even XP, are still functioning fine in Windows 8, all thanks to that backwards-compatibility with x32-Bit applications. If you refuse to update to the latest OS, you still get security updates for years, in the case of XP, 12 years.

        “It also introduced opencl which is the only open standard for unified computing”

        That’s just a fancy way of describing a graphics card driver update. On Windows, Nvidia GPUs easily received that directly from Nvidia, no need to update the entire OS just for that. Whereas in the case of OS X, they require you to update to a whole new OS and risk breaking compatibility with current applications if you want that driver.

        “Mountain lion introduced Scenekt which is a 3d gaming engine that works great with all system frameworks.”

        Sounds like their own version of DirectX that’s been around since XP, and is currently being improved even further (to version 12) in Windows 10…

        “Yosemite has Swift and Storyboard that make developing for macs even easier”

        Yeah, and the Windows Runtime supports several major programming languages (including C#, C++, and JavaScript with HTML/CSS) to allow developers to leverage their existing skills and assets, all without needing to learn a whole new language. With Windows 8 now, they can program 1 universal app that’ll run smoothly across SmartPhones, Tablets and Laptops. This is being improved even further in Windows 10.

        “I don’t suppose you know that Mac comes with a bunch of preconfigured Unix command line tools that are hundred times better than their windows counterparts.”

        Better? That’s easily debatable. I don’t suppose you know that Windows comes with loads of power-user GUIs that make tweaking and customizing your PC easy. Unlike OS X that’ll require you to memorize a bunch of terminal commands to do a simple task like adding a spacer in your dock in order to better organize it.

      • I hate win8 because it has two inconsistent UI, and if you click on, for example, pdf, if would switch to “modern” with no warning (OS X supports pdf from start, over 15 years ago, while windows just supports it after win8). You are the one who redirected the topic to default programs.

        Only a hand full of programs show up in default program (iTunes does) because windows developers don’t use native API (hard to use perhaps), instead, they reinvent the wheels every time.

        You said a lot about compatibility, yet the use of current visual studio breaks it all. (I’d rather not support XP because it doesn’t even use Unicode which OS X uses from 10.0) Also, vs doesn’t even have 64-bit version.

        OS X has great backward compatibility (https://twitter. com/stroughtonsmith/status/558316773951672320). You can write a universal program that works on classic Macintosh (Motorola chips) to PowerPC till latest OS on x86. You can’t do that on windows because fat binary is not available, and you can only use separate binaries in system32, sysWoW64, program files, program files (x86) to do that.

        We choose to ignore backward compatibility purely because we want to take advantage of the latest features. However, windows programmers are always reinventing the wheel, and expect Microsoft guys to maintain compatibility with all sorts of hacks. (http://blogs.msdn. com/b/oldnewthing/archive/2003/12/23/45481.aspx)

        You said that it’s alright that wp10 breaks compatibility by introducing sd card support, then you said that compatibility is all that matters? What’s wrong? I don’t get you.

        Opencl runs on amd and Intel graphics, even CPUs as well. Scenekit is comparable to unity, not directx which is comparable to OpenGL and metal.

        Advanced UI you mean something like Group Policy? It’s a UI joke that hasn’t got updated in like 10 years. All the entries seems machine translated.

        Even setting something like an IP address is 5 steps more in windows. By the way, how do you add spacer to taskbar to better organize it?

      • Cameron

        Ethernet and fax machine LOL. You’re almost pointing out everything Apple has never done. Maybe you should wait for them to prove you right. Im still waiting, its never happened.

      • Uhm, what is this thing on to now? Simply pointed out uses of a USB port, is it really that tough for your head to grasp?

      • Cameron

        icloud doesnt connect to a fax machine or ethernet. And most people dont connect to a fax machine or ethernet through USB port. Apple doesnt make devices for fax machine user MrElectrifyer, if they did they wouldnt be worth what is it $600 billion?

      • “icloud doesnt connect to a fax machine or ethernet”

        That’s my point you idiot, iCloud isn’t a replacement for a connectivity port like a USB. Simple, but you being you, have to complicate it to defend your divine corporation.

      • Cameron

        your point is stupid, thats my point. I cant wait for the next iPad keynote, when Tim Cook comes out to reveal a usb port on the iPad, and then shows everyone how it connects to a fax machine.

      • Haha, so ’cause of one of the uses being rare, the numbskull automatically ignores everything else…typical fanboy idiocracy.

      • Cameron

        if the use is rare its rare, fanboy or not. For you to argue in its use is complete idiocracy. Lets see if theres any other samsung users who agree with the use of a USB port to connect to a fax machine. You are clearly forgetting the downsides to adding ports for the unconventional users like you, for starters, its ugly.

      • Subjective excuse for lack of ports, the Surface Pro 3 looks as beautiful as any iPad.

      • Cameron

        subjective excuse for the addition of a port, i do not thing the surface pro 3 looks as beautiful as the ipad. See i can do that too.

        Maybe picture the ipad air 2 with a usb port? i do, its ugly. Besides, ugliness is still just one of the reasons.

      • How is any of the uses above subjective? Just ’cause you don’t use it for that purpose doesn’t mean it can’t be used for it. Learn the difference between subjective and facts, or just remain asinine as you keep proving to be.

      • Cameron

        “Just ’cause you don’t use it for that purpose doesn’t mean it can’t be used for it.”

        “Just ’cause you think the SP3 looks as good as the ipad doesnt mean others do”

        OMG. you are a piece of work. Both are subjective and not facts.

      • Looks are subjective, functions are not, again learn the difference kid…

      • Cameron

        “Subjective excuse for lack of ports, the Surface Pro 3 looks as beautiful as any iPad.”

        My subjectivity countered against you’re subjectivity?

        Whats a fact is that Apple sells far more iPads than the USB SP3.

        What could be a fact is that people prefer thinner non USB port iPad.

        All this makes your initial opinion on the USB to fax machine STUPID.

      • “Whats a fact is that Apple sells far more iPads than the USB SP3.

        What could be a fact is that people prefer thinner non USB port iPad.”

        Typical fanboy idiocracy. By that same logic, everyone prefers fords/toyotas over Mercedes/Ferrari…asinine logic.

      • Cameron

        By that same logic, everyone prefers fords/toyotas over Mercedes/Ferrari…asinine logic.

        You’re joking right? That logic of yours says everyone earns enough money to purchase ferrari and mercedes.

      • Cameron

        basically by that logic what you’re saying is that ipads sell more because its cheaper than the SP3, which yes it is cheaper. Really? no no, you’re right. Its all about the price.

      • Gary le

        Dont forget only a measly 5gb is free!

      • justme

        yep. they always want money.. is the reason that they built this new “modern” enviroment…

    • Rowan09

      The iPad Pro is rumored to be a full blown laptop like the Surface Pro, so it would make sense.

    • I have a feeling you’ll change your tone when Apple implements it and advertises the uses to you…

      • Cameron

        Apple has never proved you right, you always end up looking like the jackass. Especially after Samsung basically matched the iPhone in all aspects less than a week ago. They will never put a USB port in their tablet, not the typical type at anyway, you know it.

      • “Apple has never proved you right”

        Really? Despite all their hypocrite moves you still say never? Such fanboy idiocracy.

        “They will never put a USB port in their tablet, not the typical type at anyway, you know it.”

        Typical (type A/B) or not (type C), it’s still a port for connecting to a wide range of USB devices, which is what the OP is saying is only for Laptops. You can remain asinine and ignoramus all you want, but Apple has a long history of back-pedaling on their competition badmouthing.

      • Cameron

        This is about the ipad, not the macbooks, in which they’ve always had usb ports. I seriously doubt they will even put a type C usb port on the ipad anyway. Apple back pedaling on competition bad mouthing is far less than the other way round. Apple for starters rarely bad mouth, not to the level and exposure that samsung does it anyway. Your beef for Apple is hypocritical itself. You could easily get all sore with Samsung or anyone else but you chose apple.

      • “Your beef for Apple is hypocritical itself. You could easily get all sore with Samsung or anyone else but you chose apple.”

        Says the thing that only replies to my comments on iDB and doesn’t see my comments on sites like Engadget/ZDNet/PhoneArena…once asinine, always asinine.

      • Cameron

        if thats true then my bad, maybe unprivate your disqust?

        My bad it is, was it not before?

      • “Anyway, you’re duty to get bitchy with everything is pathetic then.”

        Says the thing that only looks at hypocrite/cheapass/immoral Apple news…keep the asinine assumptions coming, you just keep making yourself look asinine.

        BTW, learn the difference between your and you’re, you’ve been using them incorrectly in many of your replies.

      • Cameron

        you’re is you are. your is your. Me is lazy, you still understand. So whats the point.

        You keep nagging about your unhappiness at Apples apparent hypocrisy, when everyone else does it too, so even if you say you bitch on other places. It still makes you look asinine. “eveyones a hypocrite” yes, including me and you unfortunately.

  • Dante Arellano

    Ipad pro fuckk a tablet bigger for what how many people sell out thier ipads for get the new one model in gold? It still no sense for this Monday we’ll have the stupid appke watch for almost $500 with 8 hrs of battery or less same macbooks but with more storage or new chip amd like always the bla bka bla of cooks

  • Gary le

    USB coming to an IPAD near you! Finally! But too bad i have an air 2 damn!

  • Gary le

    Man APPLE NEEDS TO MAKE A SURFACE PRO competitor. So… You guys think that the ipad pro will come with a keyboard?