iOS 5 Beta Shows Off iPad 3’s Retina Display Assets

iOS 5 Beta Shows Off iPad 3’s Retina Display Assets

Evidence within the iOS 5 Beta suggests that Apple’s planning a future iPad with a Retina Display, but before we all get excited and take this as confirmation that the iPad 3 will pack a 2048 x 1536 display, let’s remember that we’ve heard all of this before.

Techunwrapped points out that inside the iOS 5 SDK, some of the iPad specific images for the new Twitter framework come in both 1024 x 768 resolutions and 2048 x 1536 resolutions. The same is true of Apple’s new Newsstand app.

The extrapolation here is that Apple will double the resolution of the iPad 3, as they did with the iPhone 4 when it went Retina. Not so fast, though: the assets for the iPad 2 also contained Retina Display graphics before release, but Apple still didn’t deliver a Retina Display this generation.

Take these assets for what they are: not proof that the iPad 3 will have a Retina Display, but a statement of intent from Apple that if it is possible to put 9.7 inch Retina Displays in the next iPad while maintaining the same price, they’ll do so. The very earliest that’ll happen is the iPad 3.

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  • Illuminatus4ever

    That is indeed, the best conclusion one could come up with. Very nice for not going all..bananas. 

  • Guest

    That would mean that the iPad 3 would have a ppi of ~264.  Samsung is apparently coming out with a slightly larger display (10.1 inch) that will pack a ppi just tad under 300 ppi (298.9 to be exact)

    The question is, will apple come out with screen like that when next generation android tablets be packing a higher resolution display? 

  • Unis Zuurmond

    Valid comments, but I think at the typical distance you hold an iPad from your eyes, it would not make that much of a difference. It’s more important not to break existing apps, and exactly doubling the pixels on each axis is the best way forward, even if marginally inferior to the competition.

  • theguycalledtom

    Every now and then a folder on my iphone beta device randomly becomes really big, filling the gaps between the surrounding apps in the grid.  I’t's approximately the size of a folder on the iPad, I’m guessing the iPhone is accidentally loading the art assets for the iPad folder.

  • CharliK

    Are we sure that this has anything to do with the actual ipad and not perhaps the whole airplay mirroring issue. 

  • Apple Girlfriend

    If you want your phone to actually be activated and work I can add your UDID to a developer account in a few minutes.

    http://applegirlfriend.com/201

  • Alex Chung

    I’m a developer through apple. If you’re interested in trying iOS 5 Beta, please check out my page: http://getiosbeta.org/news

    All proceeds go to help the poor Mexico. 

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