New Evidence in iOS 5 Beta Suggest High Res Screen for iPad 3
When Apple released the iPad 2
back in March, many people were hoping that it would include a new high resolution Retina display similar to the one found on the iPhone 4. Unfortunately, this did not turn out to be the case and it retained the same screen as the first generation iPad. New evidence discovered in the latest beta version of iOS 5 now suggests that the iPad 3 is about to get a new and improved screen with a considerably higher resolution.
According to reports, images found within the Twitter.framework files appear to be larger than usual and have resolutions of 2048x1536, instead of the usual 1024x768. So far this is the only occurrence of large resolution files appearing in the beta version of iOS 5. With iOS 5, Twitter is being integrated across the entire operating for the first time.
While the first and second-generation iPad both have a screen resolution of just 1024x768, the iPad 3ís display is expected to double to 2048x1536. This will quadruple the total number of pixel onscreen giving it a pixel density of 264ppi, far short of the required 300ppi to be called a Retina display. Still, this will be quite an improvement over the current 132ppi on the current model.
Another report states that the iPad 3 will likely go on sale in the fourth quarter of this year, and have an "image resolution 5-6 times higher than iPad 2." If this rumor turns out to be true, then the iPad 3 will be out just in time for Christmas.
Itís widely believed that Apple chose not to include a higher resolution screen when they released the iPad 2 due to "engineering issues." These issues have likely been overcome by now, paving the way for a much improved screen when the iPad 3 comes out in the future.