As the release of the next-generation iPad approaches, we’ve discovered some intriguing photos on a Chinese forum of an apparent iPad Retina Display production line. The forum posting contains some blurry spy shots of what it is calling the iPad 3’s 2048 x 1536 display, but perhaps more interestingly, has a photo of packed up Retina Displays. These boxes are likely of Retina Displays that are prepared to be shipped off to Apple’s final product assembly lines. Interestingly, the forum claims these displays are made by Samsung (machine translated):

Radiant internal, iPad3 screen code J2, and these products are the name of the logo of Samsung Electronics, and even sealed box tape has the logo of Samsung Electronics. After the product is packaged, will pass through customs shipped to South Korea’s Samsung headquarters, provided by Samsung to the Apple!

The forum posting also sheds some light on the security that surrounds Apple component supplier production lines. The forum says security measures are tight, so the photos are bad quality, but according to people within the plant, the iPad 3 will have a design similar to the iPad 2. This is something we’ve heard many times before (machine translated):

Have been identified, Radiant Opto-Electronics Wujiang plant a total of four iPad3 real machine security measures are too tight, you can not take to iPad3 photos carefully observed, but, according to broke people, iPad3 appearance and iPad2 basically the same, only different iPad3 positive border than iPad2 much narrower, and the volume keys iPad3 no!

The forum also says the plant is located in the Wujiang City, Radiant Opto-Electronics LCM sector. After the break, we have posted a gallery of several purported spy shots of the Samsung iPad 3 display and the production line:


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