IPad 3, having Evidence Points to Retina display systems

Friday, February 17th 2012. | Gadget News

335264-ipad-3-retina-displayWant more proof that the iPad 3 will have a super-slick, high-resolution “Retina” display that blows the screen on Apple’s current-generation tablet out of the water? MacRumors reported Friday that it’s got an iPad 3 display and published microscope-enlarged images that purportedly show a screen with precisely double the linear resolution of the iPad 2’s.

The iPad 3, which other reports suggest could be released in early March, may also be thicker than its predecessor, sport the first quad-core processor in an Apple tablet, and finally add 4G LTE connectivity to an iOS device.

Apple was supposedly struggling with technical issues with its Retina Display last fall, but the MacRumors report offers pretty convincing evidence that any such troubles are now in the rear view mirror.

“Since we only had a raw iPad 3 display with no method to power it, taking high quality photos of the pixels was difficult,” MacRumors writer Eric Slivka wrote. “Still, even with the relatively poor lighting, you can easily make out the pixels on each display (made up of red, green and blue elements). We highlighted a cluster of 4 pixels (2×2) from the iPad 2 to compare it to the same area on the iPad 3. On the iPad 3, the same cluster was occupied by 16 pixels (4×4) —exactly twice the resolution in each direction.

What that means is that the 9.7-inch Retina Display on the iPad 3 would have full resolution of 2048-by-1536, twice the linear resolution of the screens for both the original iPad and iPad 2, which both have 1024-by-768 displays.

For more on Apple’s tablet plans, check out What I Don’t Want in the iPad 3 and Why You Should Wait to Buy the Next iPad, plus PCMag’s full review of the iPad 2 and the slideshow below.

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