Apple orders 65 million Retina Displays from Samsung and LG for iPad 3

By the sounds of it, Apple's been on a serious Retina Display buying shopping spree

As it stands, the latest torrent of iPad 3-shaped rumours point to a March 7 announcement for a third-gen iPad that rocks the much-hyped 2048 x 1536 Retina Display, A6 quad-core processor, an improved camera system and possibly 4G LTE connectivity

Although it's thought the iPad 3 may be 1mm thicker than its predecessor, that's a necessary sacrifice to allow for the eyeball-slicingly sharp Retina Display.

When rumours concerning Apple's choice of screen started doing the rounds, reports confirmed three manufacturers – Sharp, Samsung and LG – were involved in the project. Since then, there has been a lot of talk about Sharp building the iPad 3's Retina Display, without much mention of the other two. Until now.

ChinaTimes is reporting that Apple has placed an order for a mahoosive 65 million 264PPI Retina Displays from both LG and Samsung. It's also being reported that both have already begun production. Whether or not this figure includes orders from Sharp remains unclear.

To put this figure into perspective, 9 to 5 Mac notes that Apple ordered 40 million displays for the iPad 2. So if true, Apple is thinking big this time round, with a 60 to 70 percent increase in LCD panel orders over the iPad 2.

With the iPad 3's rumoured release date just over three weeks away, expect a flurry of speculation in the coming days.

Need more iPad 3 rumours to feed your Apple habit? Check out our rumour round-up.

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