iPad 3’s Retina display could be a pain in the butt for Apple

iPad 3’s Retina display could be a pain in the butt for AppleWhen the iPad 2 landed in March with an identical resolution to its predecessor, rumours immediately began flying around about an iPad 2 HD with a possible Q3/Q4 release date.

Of course, that’s accepted as absolute nonsense now, but one thing we can all agree on is that the next iPad, whenever it arrives, will have an eye-pokingly high resolution. Or will it?

A source of CNET reveals that Apple hopes to include a Retina display in the iPad 3. It’ll have a 2048x1536 resolution yielding a PPI of 264. That’s literally twice the 132 PPI of the original iPads.

However, the source goes on to explain that while making one such iPad 3 isn’t a particularly big deal, it’s an entirely different story when it comes to mass-producing such a beast.

"They have production plans for 2048x1536 displays. Starting in November. But those are only plans at this point," says the source. "It's not a question of making just one. That, of course, can be done. The challenge is making lots of them.

"This is a quantum leap in pixel density. This hasn't been done before."

If it’s not feasible to forge ahead with the 2048x1536 units, the source reckons Plan B is a 1600x1200 resolution. That’s still quite an improvement on the current 1024x768.

As for the release date, we reckon March – one year on from the iPad 2 – isn’t too far fetched.

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CTPAHHIK  Oct. 28, 2011 at 11:32

We have been living with 1366x768 laptop displays for quite a while. 1366x768 looks quite good for 11" laptop, so 1600x1200 would be great for 10" tablet. Even 720p AMOLED on iPad 3 would be miles better than current one.

matt101101 / MOD  Oct. 28, 2011 at 11:50

The problem for Apple is they'd struggle to be able to call anything under 300ppi a "retina display", due to the fact an average human eye doesn't top out until about 300ppi, anything less is by definition not a retina display...


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