For months now, it has been a foregone conclusion that the iPad 3 will feature a high-resolution retina display. Now further evidence has surfaced, this time with an examination of one of the screens.
MacRumors obtained a display purported to be the same that will be used in the iPad 3. The panel appears to be the same physical size as the display used in the iPad 1 and iPad 2 but looking at the display under a microscope showed that its pixel density is double that of the older devices.
MacRumors wasn’t able to power on the display, however its photographs compare the densities of the two screens. When comparing the same area on each screen, the older display shows a cluster of 4 pixels (2×2) while the new display is 16 pixels (4×4). That would mean the final resolution of the iPad 3 will be 2048×1536, twice the linear resolution of the iPad and iPad 2.
Application developers will need to convert or start creating new artwork for existing iPad apps with the retina display in mind. As with the iPhone 4, it might take a few months before existing titles get updated with new assets. For new developers, however, keep those vector files handy!
Frankly, I can’t wait for a retina display iPad. The iPad 2 is an amazing device but when I switch between my iPhone 4S and the iPad, I instantly wish I could view text and graphics with the enhanced clarity of the iPhone.
The latest rumors have Apple announcing the iPad 3 at a press event in March. The new device is also rumored to have support for 4G LTE networks from Verizon and AT&T. Will you upgrade to a retina display iPad 3 or is standard resolution good enough? Let us know in the comments!