Apple Customers Have Hard Time Discerning Between iPad 2 and the New iPad
The new iPad, holding the packed pixel density of a retina display, is apparently still hard to discern from the iPad 2, which doesn’t have a retina display. The Next Web
held an interesting test outside of their local Apple Store, asking random Apple Store window shoppers and customers which iPad they thought was the new one after being held side by side.
Obviously, either the retina display or the larger circumference of the five-megapixel camera on the rear of the new iPad would be the two easiest ways to discern the new iPad from the older iPad 2 from a quick glance. In this test, the guinea pigs were not exposed to the rear of the new iPad and therefore could not see the new camera. Instead, they were only exposed to the retina display and were asked to tell which screen appeared sharper to them.
In a surprising turn of events, many people pointed out the iPad 2 instead of the new iPad. It’s an interesting set of results, as putting an iPhone 4 and an iPhone 3GS side by side, you can see the screen difference immediately. Perhaps the big difference had to do with the distance from the two tablets to the guinea pigs’ eyes, which would have made seeing pixels in both screens hard to see whether it was a retina display or not. Only a few brave people got really close to the screens to see the difference.
Both screens on the two tablets had exactly the same appearance setup, meaning it was a fair comparison. Why couldn’t people tell between the two? There could be many reasons like, they have not seen the new iPad online to know what’s new about it, or they might not have good enough eyesight to see the difference. Your guess is as good as mine on this one.
Sources: The Next Web