The iPad 3 Will Be Better Than Having a 42-Inch HDTV In Your Hand




The iPad 3 is going to have an amazingly sharp screen. Like the iPhone 4S, users won’t be able to see the individual pixels of the iPad 3’s retina display because all 3,145,728 pixels will be densely packed together at 264 pixels-per-inch.

Ok, that’s cool, but what does that actually mean? Well, it if you wanted to get the same amount of pixels into the iPad 2 using its current technology you’d have to use a 19inch screen. The iPad 3 packs more pixels total than a 42inch LCD TV.

Here’s a couple other visual comparisons:

[via Buzzfeed]

  • davidk

    Since all HD tv’s have at most 1920×1080 resolution (1080p) saying it has more pixels than a 42″ TV is rather silly.  It has more pixels than ANY 1080p tv regardless of their screen size from 24″ to 64″ and beyond. 

  • steveyknight

    Yes but would rather watch a 1080p BluRay quality movie on a 9″ iPad or a 42″ TV?

  • prof_peabody

    Agreed.  The whole article would be better written to compare actual pixel dimensions instead of PPI which is almost irrelevant to the average consumer/user.  

  • dejus

     If I am on a plane, definitely the iPad.

  • steveyknight

    Unless you’re on a plane more the 50% of your time then the point of this article is erroneous and the title is bating.

  • steveyknight

    Unless you’re on a plane more the 50% of your time then the point of this article is erroneous and the title is bating.

  • steffenjobbs

    If the next iPad’s display is higher in resolution than the older model, then that’s good enough for me.  I don’t need to compare it to anything else.

  • baby_Twitty

    He’s a pilot…
    The jokes on u.

  • mattlongman

    It does annoy me, that when I park my face an inch from the screen of my iPad 2, I can almost see individual pixels. If only Apple could make me shell out for a new one by not increasing usability, and by decreasing battery life…
    :D I kid, of course. I was amazed at the clarity of my 4s after 3Gs.

  • zoomos

     I was just about to comment on that..

  • buggietechnica

    I think it would be interesting if this model didn’t sell well. Maybe it is time for us to actually think differently.

    Buddhism teaches us that suffering comes from craving, that we can help reduce suffering by controlling our desires. 

    I’m going to sit this one out.

  • Kenneth Wade Johns

     Sounds like you are craving the failure of the next iPad. Not very Bhuddist of you. Stop craving and nibbana will open to you.

  • Len Williams

    What an interesting comment and intention for the iPad to fail. If you want to apply Buddhist philosophy, get rid of your computer, move to the country and lead a simple life of no striving. Don’t read tech sites and don’t comment on them. Your intent seems misdirected and negative. Why would you possibly want Apple to fail? Work on being more supportive of positive things and eliminate as much negativity towards others as you can.  It’s fine if you don’t want to buy the iPad 3 but please don’t expect agreement on Cult of Mac that the iPad should fail and use Buddhism as the reason we shouldn’t buy.

  • Len Williams

    The iPad 3 is the one that will make me buy. I loved the iPad 2 but the cameras just weren’t as high quality as I wanted, and I found it really affected the quality of the video of Skype calls. My new iPhone 4S has TERRIFIC cameras, both front and back, and I’m expecting (hoping) Apple will include these in the iPad 3. The additional processing power should also bring it up to the level of the iPhone 4S–and this will be the trigger that sends me to the Apple Store with cash in hand. Can’t wait for the announcement!

  • vistarox

    Anything is better then having a 42 inch HD tv in your hand. Having a 42 inch tv in your hand is downright torture. 

  • minimalist1969

    Video is the one thing I don’t really use my iPad for all that much.   And to tell you the truth video does’t really take advantage of ridiculously high ppi counts.  Webages, graphics and text are going to look razor sharp on this thing but anything higher resolution than than 720p video is likely to give diminishing returns.   

    So when it comes to watching 1080p content, I’ll stick with my high screen TV and a good surround sound system.   Would still love to have an iPad 3 though.

  • Dilbert A

    Thank you.

  • buggietechnica

    I only spoke of myself and my own cravings. Interesting that you would take offense to that, as would others. It may indeed be true that there is much suffering as a result of your own desire.

  • msnight04

    The iPad 2 already has the same processor as the iPhone 4s. Both have the A5 processor.

  • Mike Scotch

    who gives a damn- the whole point is to create a visualization for the average reader, a third grader.

  • HerbalEd

    Depends on where I’m at.

  • johnbondjovi

    Going by the logic in this article, having a 2001’ish viewsonic 21″ crt monitor  in your hand will be better than an iPad 3….

  • Buster