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  • iPad 2 May Include Upgraded 2048x1536 Screen

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    Rumors surrounding the iPad 2 have been swirling for some time now. The latest rumors indicate the next iPad model will sport a higher resolution screen. The current iPad has a resolution of 1024x768 and 132 ppi. There has been much talk lately that Apple will be including a Retina Display (300 ppi) with the next iPad, but that is highly unlikely. A 9.7-inch screen with a resolution that high would be impractical. Its far more likely that Apple will simply double the horizontal and vertical resolution as they did with the iPhone 4. The iPhone 3GS has a resolution of 480x320, while the iPhone 4s screen was increased to 960x640.

    Recently, a developer found artwork within version 1.1 of Apples iBooks app that was larger than typical iPad images. Upon closer inspection the image seemed to be pixel-doubled. Also, included with the image was another file labeled iPadx2. This image had also been pixel-doubled. It would seem that these images were accidentally included with the iBooks app and have since been removed from subsequent versions.



    If the evolution of the iPhone screen is any indication, then the next iPad will have a screen that is 2048x1536 and a pixel density of about 260 ppi. This may not be quite as high quality as a Retina Display, but it is sure to be a welcomed improvement over the current iPad screen. Other rumors indicate that Apple will also be upgrading the processor of the next iPad. A new high-resolution screen would require a faster processor to operate and an upgraded GPU. If Apple sticks to its yearly refresh of iOS devices, then well only have to wait until April to find out more.

    Source: MacRumors
    This article was originally published in forum thread: iPad 2 May Include Upgraded 2048x1536 Screen started by Wiley John Wright View original post
    Comments 34 Comments
    1. vantheman169's Avatar
      vantheman169 -
      This would be amazing. I already think the iPad screen is awesome but higher resolution. YES PLEASE
    1. mw_w's Avatar
      mw_w -
      Sounds good
    1. whereswaldo's Avatar
      whereswaldo -
      I could imagine it getting better quality, but not this much better
    1. baRRy boRRis's Avatar
      baRRy boRRis -
      I don't care about cameras; if the iPad 2's screen is 260ppi and reasonably priced for Apple I'm definitely getting one
    1. chris102192's Avatar
      chris102192 -
      It's most likely gonna sell at the same exact prices they are selling for now.

      Everyone knows, that any "improvement" apple makes to any thing they sell, you'd go out and get it hahaha.
      I'm guilty of it too. Going from the 3G to the 3GS..
      I'll get iPad 2 too!
    1. pacmac's Avatar
      pacmac -
      Great..time to save up..my bday is feb 7 don't really want anything but a iPad 2 iPhone 4 with unlimited data wifi iPad 2 is a great combo..I don't have problems with AT&T in my area wooot
    1. Amishasdf's Avatar
      Amishasdf -
      The iPad is viewed from a greater distance (almost twice as much as the iPhone) so the pixel density doesn't need to be 320 ppi to prevent pixellation. So 200 ppi is more than enough for the ipad. The screen of the current iPad is already great.
    1. NessLookAlike's Avatar
      NessLookAlike -
      Over on Engadget a few days ago there was also some potential insider leaks that said the new A5 SoC would be capable of serving up 1080p content as "smoothly as flowing water", and on a screen this high-res that would be AWESOME. DO WANT.
    1. zoso10's Avatar
      zoso10 -
      No the iPad resolution definitely needs to be upped. When I read a book in iBooks or read something on a webpage I can see individual pixels. Besides a higher resolution screen on an iPad would be gorgeous.
    1. sziklassy's Avatar
      sziklassy -
      Resolution like that seems like it would be way overkill IMO. Not saying it shouldn't be increased at all, but this is huge.
    1. spazturtle's Avatar
      spazturtle -
      That resolution would be spiffying.
    1. steve-z17's Avatar
      steve-z17 -
      A screen like that would be nice.
    1. krosis's Avatar
      krosis -
      Quote Originally Posted by Wiley John Wright View Post
      The current iPad has a resolution of 1024x768 and 132 ppi. There has been much talk lately that Apple will be including a Retina Display (300 ppi) with the next iPad, but that is highly unlikely. A 9.7-inch screen with a resolution that high would be impractical.

      ...

      If the evolution of the iPhone screen is any indication, then the next iPad will have a screen that is 2048x1536 and a pixel density of about 260 ppi. This may not be quite as high quality as a Retina Display, but it is sure to be a welcomed improvement over the current iPad screen.
      I REALLY wish people would stop incorrectly reporting this. Apple has never, not a single time, ever, described "Retina Display" as an unqualified 300 PPI. Seriously. Go back and watch the iPhone 4 launch. Jobs clearly said that at a distance of 10-12 inches, above 300 PPI your retina can't even see the pixels, so they were comfortable calling their 326 PPI phone display a "Retina Display". The only requirement for a retina display as stated by Apple, is a DPI above what the retina can see at the appropriate viewing distance. Not 300. Not 326. But "more than you can see". I'm sure his presentation of the new iPad will include a sentence that starts with "What we found was that..." followed by an explanation that for tablets, 200-250 PPI was the limit of what you can see, and how their new iPad Retina display puts them comfortably above that at 260+ PPI. "You've never seen ANY tablet with a display like this" is an almost guaranteed quote as well.

      That being said.. yay! This is exactly what I've been waiting to see. A resolution double basically guarantees that I'm in for getting a new one. I don't care about cameras, or SD card readers or any of that crap. New screen and new processor, and I'm sold.

      Quote Originally Posted by whereswaldo View Post
      I could imagine it getting better quality, but not this much better
      Why not? It's certainly doable from a technical perspective.

      Quote Originally Posted by sziklassy View Post
      Resolution like that seems like it would be way overkill IMO. Not saying it shouldn't be increased at all, but this is huge.
      It is huge, but doubling is really the best way to fit backwards compatibility. It's the only resolution increase that makes sense.

      Keep in mind the purpose behind bumping the resolution past the point you can see isn't so you see more pixels, it's so you see less pixels .
    1. z6joker9's Avatar
      z6joker9 -
      I'm really hoping for a big res bump. I don't like using my iPad and iP4 around the same time, solely because the iPad looks blurry.
    1. wezuwiusz's Avatar
      wezuwiusz -
      Why 260dpi screen couldn't be named 'retina display' ?? 'retina display' its JUST a marketing (TM) term, not any official name for any standard. they named 320dpi iPhone screen 'retina' just because they liked to. so Apple can name 260dpi screen for iPad retina too. they called it so, because you can't see separate pixels from X distance, so they make Y (because you hold iPad at larger distance) valid for iPad, and bum... we have 'retina' in iPad
    1. awesomeSlayer's Avatar
      awesomeSlayer -
      That is better than my computer monitor!
    1. CX3NT3_713's Avatar
      CX3NT3_713 -
      Quote Originally Posted by z6joker9 View Post
      I'm really hoping for a big res bump. I don't like using my iPad and iP4 around the same time, solely because the iPad looks blurry.
      that's so true,, I hope it does get a huge improvement ,, dint get me wrong, I like my iPad,,
    1. Muteone's Avatar
      Muteone -
      This feature alone would convince me to get an iPad. Great resolution combined with that much area should be amazing
    1. reanimationxp's Avatar
      reanimationxp -
      Quote Originally Posted by awesomeSlayer View Post
      That is better than my computer monitor!
      Agreed, this is higher than most 24" monitors (usually 1920x1200). If this is true, will be insane to be able to hold my 24" monitor in my hand. Exactly what I was hoping to hear.
    1. EskimoRuler's Avatar
      EskimoRuler -
      like others have said it doesnt need to be retina status but it does need an upgrade. just enough to keep the price the same