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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. feidhlim1986's Avatar
      feidhlim1986 -
      A resolution greater than 1080p on a 9" screen is huge overkill in my opinion. Most people can't see the difference between 720p and 1080p unless you go to about 40".
      This would mean that the iPad would be able to produce a higher resolution than even the 2nd Gen Apple TV (which is ridiculous that it can't do more than 720p, even tho an iPhone 3GS can play a 1080p file)
      Maybe Apple is also planning to (finally) realize that it's now 2011, and start offering 1080p Movies on the iTunes Store.
    1. spazturtle's Avatar
      spazturtle -
      Quote Originally Posted by feidhlim1986 View Post
      A resolution greater than 1080p on a 9" screen is huge overkill in my opinion. Most people can't see the difference between 720p and 1080p unless you go to about 40".
      This would mean that the iPad would be able to produce a higher resolution than even the 2nd Gen Apple TV (which is ridiculous that it can't do more than 720p, even tho an iPhone 3GS can play a 1080p file)
      Maybe Apple is also planning to (finally) realize that it's now 2011, and start offering 1080p Movies on the iTunes Store.
      Practically all computer monitors are over 1080p and they are nowhere near 40". If the iPad 2 wasn't at least 1080p then it would be outdated before it even launched, most of the new tablets coming out are 1080p.
    1. The6uest's Avatar
      The6uest -
      I don't know why people thought Apple would have a 300+ppi resolution screen anyways because that would be crazy. They quadrupled the number of pixels on the iPhone 4 so that all apps would fit correctly on the new screen so its pretty obvious that they would do the same with the iPad. They'll blow the Android tablets out of the water since the max resolution I heard for them was 1280x800.
    1. awesomeSlayer's Avatar
      awesomeSlayer -
      If this is true, the iPad 2 can be used as a computer monitor. Heck, it will even work well with iTeleport (if there is one for the iPad).
    1. feidhlim1986's Avatar
      feidhlim1986 -
      Quote Originally Posted by awesomeSlayer View Post
      If this is true, the iPad 2 can be used as a computer monitor. Heck, it will even work well with iTeleport (if there is one for the iPad).
      Only quoted you to say love Golden Sun
    1. krosis's Avatar
      krosis -
      Quote Originally Posted by reanimationxp View Post
      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.
      It's sad that is true nowadays. In the late '90s I had a 14" viewable CRT that could do 1600x1200. In 2002 I had a 14" laptop with the same resolution. I'm currently using a 10 year old CRT (Sony CDP-G500) with 20" viewable that does 2048x1536. There are many computer professionals that lament over the ever-decreasing resolution of computer displays, and this obsession with widescreen. I blame HDTV.

      Quote Originally Posted by feidhlim1986 View Post
      A resolution greater than 1080p on a 9" screen is huge overkill in my opinion. Most people can't see the difference between 720p and 1080p unless you go to about 40".
      This would mean that the iPad would be able to produce a higher resolution than even the 2nd Gen Apple TV (which is ridiculous that it can't do more than 720p, even tho an iPhone 3GS can play a 1080p file)
      Maybe Apple is also planning to (finally) realize that it's now 2011, and start offering 1080p Movies on the iTunes Store.
      If you really think that you can't see more than 720p on anything smaller than a 40" screen, then I don't think you're talking about the same thing as the rest of us. By your logic an iPhone screen shouldn't need more than 70 pixels anyway because it's not even 4". Video of real world images run through a lossy codec on a 10-foot display is a very different thing than graphics composting and text rendering on a tablet.
    1. awesomeSlayer's Avatar
      awesomeSlayer -
      Quote Originally Posted by feidhlim1986 View Post
      Only quoted you to say love Golden Sun
      I wasn't expecting that.
    1. politicalslug's Avatar
      politicalslug -
      And THAT is why I was waiting for the second generation iPad! The current screen looks great for most activities, but a smaller pixel pitch was needed for fine print.
    1. delusion950's Avatar
      delusion950 -
      I cant wait to see the iPad 2. I might even get one if I really like it better from previous iPad version.
    1. nautical79's Avatar
      nautical79 -
      I made a wise decision to wait for the nextr generation, and trust me it was not easy.
    1. mj0528's Avatar
      mj0528 -
      These last few months will be hard though
    1. iPancake's Avatar
      iPancake -
      And i though my iPad is the best i could see in year i think.
    1. reanimationxp's Avatar
      reanimationxp -
      Quote Originally Posted by krosis View Post
      It's sad that is true nowadays. In the late '90s I had a 14" viewable CRT that could do 1600x1200. In 2002 I had a 14" laptop with the same resolution. I'm currently using a 10 year old CRT (Sony CDP-G500) with 20" viewable that does 2048x1536. There are many computer professionals that lament over the ever-decreasing resolution of computer displays, and this obsession with widescreen. I blame HDTV.
      Lament over the ever-decreasing.. you mean the ever-increasing? All I keep seeing is larger and larger LCD/LED's with larger resolutions and the same PPI. I think iPhone 4 will give them the kick in the @ss they need to start decreasing PPI and making really high resolution displays in the same size they are now.

      I would kill.. like literally kill a human being.. for a 24" display with 326ppi like the i4's Retina. Sure, I'd need a GPU with a built-in nuclear fission generator to drive it, but that's a problem i can figure out.

      F*** old people and their ****** eyes. If I'm not squinting to see the pixels, I don't want it!
    1. krosis's Avatar
      krosis -
      Quote Originally Posted by reanimationxp View Post
      Lament over the ever-decreasing.. you mean the ever-increasing? All I keep seeing is larger and larger LCD/LED's with larger resolutions and the same PPI. I think iPhone 4 will give them the kick in the @ss they need to start decreasing PPI and making really high resolution displays in the same size they are now.

      I would kill.. like literally kill a human being.. for a 24" display with 326ppi like the i4's Retina. Sure, I'd need a GPU with a built-in nuclear fission generator to drive it, but that's a problem i can figure out.

      F*** old people and their ****** eyes. If I'm not squinting to see the pixels, I don't want it!
      No, I really ment decreasing. And I share your desire for squint-worthy pixels. 1600x1200, and 1920x1200 used to be the standard resolution for any 18"+ LCD (and much smaller CRTs; my first Win95 computer had a 14" 1600x1200 display). Walk in to a Best Buy today and screens of that size are usually 1680x1050, or worse. Even 1200 height is hard to come by on the larger screens, thanks mostly to HD TV's "1080p FullHD" marketing point. As someone who reads and writes on my computer most of the day, I could care less about widescreen. Vertical resolution and DPI are the two main things I care about, and both are quite a bit worse today than they seemed to be 10 years ago on anything but the highest end displays. As I said, I'm still using a 10 year old 20" CRT that does 2048x1536 because I'd need to spend $1000 to get a modern LCD that compares to it.

      You also want them to increase PPI not decrease it. Your OS also has a much bigger problem running those resolutions than your GPU. Well get there on the desktop, but I imagine it's at least a few years away. Unfortunatly old eyes are a big obstacle. Unlike CRTs, on an LCD you generally want your native resolution to be your optimal resolution. If they had a 50% higher DPI display, it would need to scale pixels to look normal, and scaled pixels look lousy. Just like we've seen in the last year in the mobile space, high res screens are great, but software support is vital if you actually want to pull it off.