Here we go again. The rumor of a Retina Display iPad 3 to arrive later this year is being dusted off again.
According to The Economic Daily, we’ll be seeing the iPad 3 in Q4 of this year.
What’s interesting about the rumor this time is that The Economic Daily even goes as far as to say that the iPad 3 will have a Retina Display with five to six times the resolution of the current iPad.
That’s what sinks this report to the level of just mouthing. Apple’s not going to release a Retina Display for the iPad 3 that has five to six times more pixels than the current model. The reason’s simple: the easiest way to upscale for a higher resolution tablet is pixel doubling. That’s why the iPhone 4’s Retina Display has exactly four times the pixels of the iPhone 3GS.
Not only is a 6144 x 4708 Display just absurd for a tablet, it would be prohibitively expensive prove extremely difficult to upscale lower-resolution UI assets for. Consider this report a puff of smoke, and nothing more. If Apple does release an iPad 3 with Retina Display, the more likely resolution is 2048 x 1536… anything more is just bonkers.