iPad 3 to have a Double Resolution Screen?
Rumors abound that the iPad 3 will have twice the resolution of the iPad 2. While the current device has a 1024×768 resolution, images discovered by a person familiar with the beta release of iOS 5 have a resolution of 1536 x 2048 and have created further speculation on wheather Apple will increase the resolution on the device.
Doubling the resolution of the iPad 3 will quadruple the number of pixels over the iPad and iPad 2. This would be similar to the introduction of the Retina Display on the iPhone 4 which allowed the phone to jump from a resolution of 480x320px to 960x640px. According to Apple CEO Steve Jobs, the limit of the human retina to discern pixels is 300ppi at 10 to 12 inches. The new iPad 3 display at 2048x1536px would still fall short of the ‘Retina Display’ as it would still have a pixel density of 264 ppi.
Rumors of an enhanced display for the iPad have persisted since before the release of the iPad 2, with some reports suggesting that Apple planned to include a 2048 x 1536 display on the iPad 2, but ran into last-minute “engineering issues” that prevented it.