The iPad 3 Will Have A 2048×1536 Retina Display [Image]

The iPad 3 Will Have A 2048×1536 Retina Display [Image]

Following widespread speculation that Apple will introduce a super-hi res display in the next-gen iPad, MacRumors has been able to confirm that the iPad 3 will indeed have a ‘Retina’ display with a 2048×1536 resolution. The site got ahold of one of the displays that has been floating around for the last several weeks.

MacRumors has now been able to obtain one of these iPad 3 displays and examine it under a microscope in an effort to determine whether it is indeed an ultra-high resolution Retina display. Physically, the purported iPad 3 display is the same size as the current iPad 1 and iPad 2 display at 9.7’ in diagonal, and looks quite similar to the naked eye.

However, when comparing the iPad 3 display to one from an iPad 2 under a microscope, the difference in resolutions becomes readily apparent, with the iPad 3 display’s pixels appearing to be one-quarter the size of those on the iPad 2.

4 pixels (2×2) from the iPad 2’s display were compared to the iPad 3’s display. 16 pixels (4×4) accounted for the exact same area, equalling double the resolution. Math is a beautiful thing.

The two current iPads tout a 1024×768 resolution, and the iPad 3’s screen will be exactly twice the linear resolution, according to MacRumors.

Expect the iPad 3 to be announced the first week of March. The device is rumored to have an A6 chip and LTE 4G networking.

  • Peter Dudycz


  • wanderer _00_

    …and this is important to most ipad users how?

  • Peter Dudycz

    Because the screen will look better? The next Transformer prime will have a ultra high res screen as well.

  • theonlycog

    I don’t think I have ever looked at my ipad screen and wished it was sharper.  It is already brilliant.  

  • Mike Rathjen

     That’s what I thought about the iPhone 3G right up until I saw the iPhone 4.

  • ilpappas

     sell their ipads and buy new

  • Mike Rathjen

    Text will be much cleaner, sharper, more readable. That’s better for every single app with text, and especially great for eBook use.

    Resolution finally allows full 1080 HD video without throwing out pixels.

    Photographs will all have twice the detail. Stuff will look amazing. You’ll be able to see more detail from pictures you took with the iPad itself (and other iDevices).

    Games and other apps will have twice the detail.

    Zooming out will retain twice the detail.

    Can fit more on the screen (albeit it has to be twice as small).

    It’s not all good. It will be an extra burden on the CPU/GPU, memory, and battery. Any improvements in those areas will be partially eaten up by the greater work involved.

    I have better than 20/10 vision, so I am personally looking forward to this a great deal.

  • Barton Lynch

    This will be just as good as the iPhone Retina display. Don’t shoot it down before you see it.


     Yeah the only time i can see a pixel on my iphone4 is if a drop of rain lands on the screen…
    So… If its true that this IS the iPad3 screen, would this not imply that it will have a A6 processor?? I dont think the A5 would have the GPU to drive such a screen.


     Yeah the only time i can see a pixel on my iphone4 is if a drop of rain lands on the screen…
    So… If its true that this IS the iPad3 screen, would this not imply that it will have a A6 processor?? I dont think the A5 would have the GPU to drive such a screen.

  • Skywaytraffic

    Sweet brags at the end there, bro

  • d3fz

    was about to say that.

  • Shameer Mulji

    The real question is not whether the iPad 3 will have an A6 processor but what will be the architecture of the A6 processor.  Some say it’ll be dual-core with a beefier GPU, others say quad-core utilizing the same CPU / GPU.  The A6 is what I’m most curious about.

  • Edward Grey

    Nice! The low resolution of the current iPad always bothers me whenever I go to pick one up & play with it. Once you go retina, you never go back.

    Oh, and the people who can’t tell the difference between a Retina display an non-Retina need to get their retinas checked or something.

  • Alexis Marrero

    was about to say, was about to say that too.

  • Cold_dead_fingers

    iBooks is now useable?

  • w4lktheline

    This is going to be awesome!

  • BuckyThreadkiller

    It’s great for detail and viewing but it will also mean people will need to buy larger memory spec  devices as the visuals will require more memory. 

  • sir1jaguar

    SAMSUNG great advance engineering (HD LCD screen-retina display) invention inside apple innovation???


    But if APPLE will release the product they will say they innovate – means ONLY them think and produce anything inside their iPad.

    Im pro APPLE but I feel and think, people now are succumbed to Apple magic and lies…

    SAMSUNG is the main force right now on earth when it comes to parts and hardware of ANY ELECTRONICS we have now…

    They are everywhere that even an airplane or cars, etc have SAMSUNG parts in it.

    So, apple is JUST a consumer of SAMSUNG real invention and innovation…

  • Superkonna

    Making a higher resolution screen hasn’t been touted as innovative by anyone except trolls like you. Making good use of a ultra-high resolutions screen takes some effort though. You have to rewrite pretty much everything in how the system draws graphics. Otherwise everything will look tiny, or like shit (i.e. Windows higher dpi settings). 

  • Andre N

    What about Sharp´s Quattron technology?

    Samsung is very good but they are not alone.. hi-tech wise.

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