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Apple iPad 3 Retina display confirmed by iFixit

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Apple iPad 3 Retina display confirmed by iFixit
The Apple iPad 3 will have a Retina display and this has been confirmed by iOS device repair company iFixit. Let's start at the beginning, shall we? You might recall that last week we showed you a microscopic comparison between the Apple iPad 2 display and that one allegedly belonging to the Apple iPad 3. Under the microscope, MacRumors found that the number of pixels actually quadrupled between the Apple iPad 2 and iPad 3 which meant that the resolution doubled from the screen on the current model to the upcoming tablet.

The LCD cable for the Apple iPad 2 (L) and iPad 3 (R)

The LCD cable for the Apple iPad 2 (L) and iPad 3 (R)

MacRumors sent the panels to iFixit with the hope that the latter could get the alleged Apple iPad 3 display to power up. Unfortunately, the LCD cables between the two Apple tablets is not compatible and thoughts of splicing wires to make the panel work were quickly quashed. But while iFixit could not get the screen powered up, it was able to look at the two panels under a microscope just like MacRumors did, and came to the exact same conclusion: the number of pixels on the Apple iPad 3 screen are four times the number on the Apple iPad 2. That means that the resolution on the new display is double that of the prior model at 2048×1536. In case you need the precise numbers, there are 786,432 pixels on the 9.7 inch iPad 2 display. The iPad 3 will have 3,145,728 pixels. Bottom line? The Apple iPad 3 has a Retina display.

Wait. Didn't none other than the late Steve Jobs say that a device had to have a pixel density of 300ppi or more to have a Retina display? Yes he did, but as iFixit explains in the video below, because a tablet is held further from the eyes than a phone, the Apple iPad-any tablet really-should be held to a pixel density of only 240 ppi or higher to be considered a Retina display. At 2048x1536, the iPad 3 has a 264ppi.

source: iFixit via Geek.com

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posted on 23 Feb 2012, 18:10 5

1. bigboy029 (Posts: 74; Member since: 03 Jan 2011)


Awesome! Now to figure out if were getting the A5x or an A6

posted on 23 Feb 2012, 18:29 1

3. squallz506 (banned) (Posts: 1075; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)


if we dont know anything about either what is the difference?

posted on 23 Feb 2012, 19:21 2

7. Lucas777 (Posts: 2135; Member since: 06 Jan 2011)


um there were pics of an a5x processor… meaning a beefed up dual core, while an A6 would be quad core. personally i think apple is going to go with the a5x.. there is really no need for quad core

posted on 23 Feb 2012, 20:41 2

10. squallz506 (banned) (Posts: 1075; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)


lol, that picture had absolutely no specs on the processor. it probably is dual-core. but to say anything about these unannounced chips is pure speculation.

posted on 23 Feb 2012, 21:47

14. Lucas777 (Posts: 2135; Member since: 06 Jan 2011)


lol, so we obviously know something… its quite clear that A5x will be dual core while A6 would be quad… no, it is not certain, but with a pic for the name of a second dual core, it is logical apple reserves full numbers for full upgrades

posted on 23 Feb 2012, 18:10 3

2. squallz506 (banned) (Posts: 1075; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)


i wonder if the mystery asus tab will have a higher ppi?

if so, there goes apple's selling point.

posted on 23 Feb 2012, 18:37 5

4. Dr.Phil (Posts: 904; Member since: 14 Feb 2011)


Not just Asus, but also Samsung is rumored to be pushing out a higher resolution tablet as well.

posted on 23 Feb 2012, 18:39 3

5. squallz506 (banned) (Posts: 1075; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)


even better.

posted on 23 Feb 2012, 20:32

9. sprockkets (Posts: 1160; Member since: 16 Jan 2012)


Don't we know already it has 1920x1200? Good enough for me.

posted on 23 Feb 2012, 18:45

6. imkyle (Posts: 982; Member since: 18 Nov 2010)


How do you figure of the ppi?

posted on 23 Feb 2012, 20:53 2

11. scnix (Posts: 41; Member since: 01 Jul 2010)


math.

posted on 23 Feb 2012, 21:32 1

13. Cwebb (Posts: 501; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)


Wikipedia ftw, in case you were wondering

posted on 23 Feb 2012, 23:12

15. danilodeleon (Posts: 1; Member since: 23 Feb 2012)


Pixels per inch (PPI) or pixel density is a measurement of the resolution of devices in various contexts; typically computer displays, image scanners, and digital camera image sensors.

PPI can also describe the resolution, in pixels, of an image to be printed within a specified space. Note, the unit is not square inches. For instance, a 100×100 pixel image that is printed in a 1-inch square has a resolution of 100 pixels per inch (PPI). Used in this way, the measurement is meaningful when printing an image. Good quality photographs usually require 300 pixels per inch when printed.
Now how does it works?

Theoretically, PPI can be calculated from knowing the diagonal size of the screen in inches and the resolution in pixels (width and height). This can be done in steps:

Calculate diagonal resolution in pixels using the Pythagorean theorem

posted on 24 Feb 2012, 04:19 1

17. ardent1 (Posts: 1991; Member since: 16 Apr 2011)


You need to know the size of a "pixel" is not standardized. Also, the math can be misleading since you can have two screens with same diagional display but different lengths and widths for the same pixel resolution, say 800x480. What I am saying is the diagonal display and pixel resolution is NOT sufficient since the math makes an assumption about pixel size, which may not be true.

The following website makes a key assumption that each pixel is a square and that is how you get to the 263/264 PPI for the iPad 3.http://members.ping.de/~sven/dpi.html

In summary, I measured numerous android devices with the same 4.3" diagonal display with about the same pixel resolution, but YOU CAN'T DISCERN ppi because the displays all had different widths -- HTC screens tend to be skinnier than Samsung displays despite the same 4.3" screen meaning the pixels were stretched in the Samsung devices. That theorem of c^2 = a^2 + b^2 for right triangles makes an assumption about the units being the same. Once you assume square pixels, you overcome the fact pixel sizes may not be uniform or standardized in size.

posted on 23 Feb 2012, 20:23

8. mercorp (Posts: 968; Member since: 28 Jan 2012)


ipad 4 should have a super retina displaty,with 1000ppi.

posted on 23 Feb 2012, 21:14

12. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6399; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


why say confirmed when all of us already knew RETINA display is gong on the 3rd ipad

posted on 24 Feb 2012, 01:42

16. frydaexiii (Posts: 1231; Member since: 01 Dec 2011)


Meh, It wouldn't even matter if they put a retina screen there or not, iFans will still buy it. All they have to do is just say it has a retina display and Steve Job's Reality Distortion will do it's job...

posted on 24 Feb 2012, 13:07

18. -box- (Posts: 3782; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)


It could have a 4K display and I wouldn't care. It's still an oversized ipod with an oversized pricetag. Yawn.

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