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

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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.