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  • Hints About iPad Retina Display


    Apple may be planning a version of its heavily-hyped Retina display for the iPad, according to some speculative analysis at 9to5Mac. Based on a close reading of Apple's human interface guidelines, the potential for a higher-resolution iPad display is at least being considered. Whether this is a long-term projection or something we'll see sometime soon, of course, is anybody's guess.

    One thing that's always kind of stuck out in my mind about the Retina display is that it's the only part of the iPhone 4 with its own name. There's not a Super speaker, for instance, or a Hyper home button. So why should this screen merit its own Capitalized name; in other words, why isn't it just the iPhone 4 display? It would make more sense if it were something that was going to be on multiple products.

    9to5Mac noticed that the human interface guidelines discuss using naming conventions for icon images to allow the iOS bundle loaders select the right image for a given display. In specific one example refers to "normal" and "high resolution" versions of iPad icons. The inference here is that we'll have two tiers of devices up and down the product lines: iPhones, iPads, and maybe iPods as well one day.

    This may be Apple's way of anticipating future complexity in the iOS platform and trying to make things simpler for devs in years to come. IOn the other hand, we had rumors both before and after the iPad launch about a super-Pad with an OLED display, so it may be coming sooner rather than later.
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Hints About iPad Retina Display started by Paul Daniel Ash View original post
    Comments 28 Comments
    1. bignighttrain's Avatar
      bignighttrain -
      If this display comes to the iPad I'm gona be f@cking mad it didn't come on the iPad 3G first apple needs to get with it
    1. consultant's Avatar
      consultant -
      It's highly unlikely. Note iPhone / iPad now got the same processor and same display size. Apple isn't about to change that anytime soon
    1. hotwheels177819's Avatar
      hotwheels177819 -
      lol i know, it should have been expected.
    1. itract's Avatar
      itract -
      mayb its on d way
    1. DifferentialApp's Avatar
      DifferentialApp -
      it would be quite nice if they did that.
    1. bananas's Avatar
      bananas -
      Quote Originally Posted by editwizard View Post
      Yeah they better wait about a year before a major update like that otherwise ppl that just bought one (like me) will be pretty upset!
      Agreed!

      Although it would be pretty awesome to see a retina display on the iPad
    1. nc3g's Avatar
      nc3g -
      If they bring it out, we'll be getting one if they stick with a $499 entry price...
    1. LigerLuvr9210's Avatar
      LigerLuvr9210 -
      Quote Originally Posted by consultant View Post
      It's highly unlikely. Note iPhone / iPad now got the same processor and same display size. Apple isn't about to change that anytime soon
      The iPad and iPhone have nothing close to the same display size, the iPad is 1024x768 and the iPhone is 960x640.

      And if the iPad were to get a larger retina display, they would have to more than double the pixel density because the iPad display has a lower pixel density than the old iPhones and iPod touches. With the same pixel density as the iPhone 4, we would be looking at a 2529x1897 display on the iPad. which is similar in pixels to the 27" iMac. This would be absurd especially considering the massive power drain this would be, and how little media there is to consume at such high a resolution.