Friday, February 17, 2012

Confirmed? iPad 3 display to be 'retina,' 2,048 x 1,536

The worst-hidden secret of the year has been confirmed. Well, that is to say, as confirmed as it can be without an official Apple statement. The iPad 3 will indeed carry the rumored "retina display" of 2,048 x 1,536 pixels, or double the current model's resolution in both directions.

The screen size will remain the same, at 9.7-inches.

MacRumors claims to have obtained an iPad 3 screen, and after putting it under a microscope, determined that the iPad 3 display's pixels appear to be one-quarter the size of those on the iPad 2.

Those who are good at math would know that by doubling the iPad 2's resolution in both directions, you'd see an increase of 4x in the number of pixels overall. Of course, this new "retina display" has been rumored for months.

However, as noted by display expert Raymond Soneira, Apple's claims of a iPhone 4 "retina display," one that is beyond the limit of the human retina to differentiate are faux. It wasn't even close, according to Soneira.

The claims, he said, made for good "marketing puffery," however.

Apple is expected to introduce the iPad 3 at a March 7 media event. The new display, a new A6 processor (which may or may not be quad-core) and LTE support are all assumed to be in the mix in terms of new features, but the form factor is expected to remain nearly identical, with perhaps a slight increase in thickness.

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