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  • iOS 8.1 Beta 2 Reveals That Upcoming iPads May Have Retina HD Displays


    iOS 8.1 beta 2 was seeded to developers for testing just a couple of days ago, and iOS developer Hamza Sood has found some hidden gems within the code of the latest developer beta of the new operating system that suggest future versions of the iPad will have retina HD displays, just like those on the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.

    Earlier today, photographs of what appear to be a dummy version of the upcoming iPad Air 2 were posted showing support for Touch ID, a removed mute switch, and a thinner design. Apple is expected to announce this device at the upcoming October 16th special event that Apple finally began sending out invites to Wednesday afternoon.

    Since iOS 8.1 beta 2 appears to support the new "3x" .png files, it's likely that iOS 8.1 could be released sooner than we think; especially if the iPad Air 2 is to support a retina HD display. It would be necessary for a compatible operating system to launch with the new iPads if they are to support the retina HD display at all.

    The retina HD display in the iPhone 6 has a pixel density of 326 pixels per inch, with a resolution of 1334-by-750 pixels. The retina HD display in the iPhone 6 Plus, on the other hand, has a pixel density of 401 pixels per inch, with a resolution of 1920-by-1080 pixels. It's unknown what the pixels per inch of a retina HD display on an iPad would carry, as that's entirely up to Apple at this point in time.

    Sources: Hamza Sood via MacRumors
    This article was originally published in forum thread: iOS 8.1 Beta 2 Reveals That Upcoming iPads May Have Retina HD Displays started by Anthony Bouchard View original post
    Comments 3 Comments
    1. cpotoso's Avatar
      cpotoso -
      What are we going to need next? An electron microscope to see the individual pixels? Is there really a need to go beyond the current ipad resolution? I do not think so.
    1. Anthony Bouchard's Avatar
      Anthony Bouchard -
      Quote Originally Posted by cpotoso View Post
      What are we going to need next? An electron microscope to see the individual pixels? Is there really a need to go beyond the current ipad resolution? I do not think so.
      Why would you try so hard to look at the pixels for?

      They're aiming for a better display – better is always better.
    1. cpotoso's Avatar
      cpotoso -
      Quote Originally Posted by Anthony Bouchard View Post
      Why would you try so hard to look at the pixels for?

      They're aiming for a better display – better is always better.
      Over-engineering a product is not better, is just over-engineering. If you can't see the pixels already what is the point of adding more? Just adds to the battery consumption, memory requirements and just makes the whole thing slower. Instead, as the CPUs get faster (and especially faster per unit energy) I'd prefer to have longer battery life.