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Lovely iPad Rumors – iPad 3 Retina Display Confirmed

iPad 2 and iPad 3 Screen Comparison

Since Day 1 of iPad 3 rumors a hugely improved display, likely retina quality like the iPhone 4, has been the most often mentioned expected new feature for the next-gen iPad. And now, at least according to the clever folks at MacRumors, the 2048X1536 retina display for the iPad 3 is confirmed.

They’ve managed to get hold of one of the ‘leaked’ iPad 3 displays that have been making the rounds of the iPad 3 rumor circuit over recent months.

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.

Once they got the iPad 3 display under a microscope the differences became clear.

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. … We highlighted a cluster of 4 pixels (2×2) from the iPad 2 to compare it to the same area on the iPad 3. On the iPad 3, the same cluster was occupied by 16 pixels (4×4) — exactly twice the resolution in each direction.

Extrapolating out, the iPad 3 screen should carry a full resolution of 2048×1536, exactly twice the linear resolution of the iPad 1 and iPad 2 which is 1024×768.

I’ve said all along that I believed the hugely improved display for the iPad 3 was virtually a lock, and as we get closer and closer to the iPad 3 announcement (widely expected to be Wednesday March 7) I’ve seen nothing but mounting evidence to support that view.

Although it will hardly be a surprise if this latest report proves true when the iPad 3 is unveiled, it is still definitely very good news. The current iPad display is already excellent – with this upgrade it should be nothing short of amazing.

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More Evidence of Retina Display for Next iPad Found in iTunes U and iBooks 2 Apps


As we get closer to the expected launch timeframe for the iPad 3 (or whatever the next-gen iPad ends up being called), more evidence is emerging that appears to prove that an improved Retina quality display will be part of the new iPad.

9to5Mac have shared some images – provided by their reader @sonnydicksonshowing references to iPad2x images within  the new iTunes U app and the iBooks 2 app.

I’ve thought for some time that a Retina display is a virtual lock for the iPad 3. Seeing images like these only serves to reinforce that view.

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