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The new iPad 2 will quadruple resolution, but fall short of being a Retina display

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The new iPad 2 will quadruple resolution, but fall short of being a Retina display
Graphics discovered inside some of Apple's iBooks apps show that the resolution on the screen of the Apple iPad 2 will quadruple to 2048 x 1536, but will still fall short of the requirement necessary for the screen to be a Retina display. When Apple doubled both sides of the iPhone 4 last year to 640 x 960, it gave the handset a pixel per inch density of 326. At that figure, the iPhone display exceeded the resolution of the human eye. This prevented the typical human eye from seeing the individual dots that make up the letters and numbers on the screen. Thus, Retina display was born.

Could the guys at Cupertino transfer this technology over to the upcoming Apple iPad 2 sequel? To make that happen, Apple would have to make sure that the 9.7 inch screen had a 300+ ppi which would have been a daunting task. It would have required a massive increase in resolution from the original model's 1024 x 768 (which had ppi of 132).  So Apple put the kibosh on the Retina display on the Apple iPad 2 and decided instead to quadruple both directions. The new screen will have a ppi of 260, short of the magic of Retina display, but still specs that suggest a very clear and vivid display.      

And by evenly expanding both directions of the screen, apps can be shipped that will handle both the new display on the follow-up tablet and the existing display on the original tablet by including 2 types of graphics-file.png and  file2@2x.png which is the higher-definition version.  To come up with the processing power needed to quadruple the resolution, there is speculation that the iPad sequel will have a new A4 ARM processor under the hood, most likely called the A5.

The possibility of the 4 times increase in the iPad 2 resolution comes after the multiple release of some "@2" graphics in some of Apple's iBooks apps including the "Wood Tile@2x.png" background image that covers 1536x800, rather than the standard 768x400 image used on the original iPad.

source: AppleInsider


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posted on 15 Jan 2011, 23:53

1. ghost_uwi (Posts: 47; Member since: 05 Nov 2010)


i can taste the ipad 2 yum

posted on 16 Jan 2011, 04:08 3

3. Seylan (unregistered)


Isn't it possible that those ibook apps are actually for the upcoming new gen Macbook pro and new gen Imac?
Such a high Resolution display will for sure make the Ipad 2 VERY expenisve...
I believe it would increase, but by SOOOO much.

posted on 16 Jan 2011, 04:42

4. ikkuh (unregistered)


Apple depends on a lot manufacturers. Will LG deliver the screens Apple ask for? NVidia will probably deliver a tegra 2 in disguise. At least Samsung makes his own products.

posted on 16 Jan 2011, 07:57

5. ipaint87 (Posts: 3; Member since: 16 Jan 2011)


Well put! Not a samsung fan but they at least make their own products!

posted on 16 Jan 2011, 09:34 1

6. Hen (unregistered)


Why does it really matter overall? On the software side, Samsung needs Android to power it so they don't make all of their products. Sure they are testing the Bada platform but where can you find the devices at? All manufacturers depend on other manufacturers for parts and software. Why is it that Android fanboys go completely out of their way to take a shot at Apple? Who cares that the iPhone and iPad are not made 100% by Apple? Why should Apple waste tons of money on R&D and facilities to engineer certain parts when it is more cost effective to outsource for certain components. All manufacturers do it including Samsung.

posted on 16 Jan 2011, 10:53

7. downphoenix (Posts: 2266; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)


That resolution is insane. What is even the point of having such a high resolution?

posted on 16 Jan 2011, 13:57

12. Kjayhawk (Posts: 281; Member since: 07 Oct 2010)


Gives it reason for a higher price

posted on 16 Jan 2011, 11:51

8. tedkord (Posts: 4268; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


What's the point of 1920x1080 on a monitor? The point is a clearer display.

posted on 16 Jan 2011, 14:48

13. JeffdaBeat (unregistered)


The higher the resolution on the screen, the clearer the image will be. That's why the iPhone's screen looks so amazing. You have a lot of pixels smashed very closely to each other. Makes for a clearer image.

posted on 16 Jan 2011, 12:08

9. k.821 (unregistered)


it's ok if monitors have that kind of resolution, but who the HELL would want to look at 'sharp texts' that close on a tablet?!

posted on 16 Jan 2011, 12:21

10. common sense (unregistered)


Well, How can you dare to put this new?

It´s impossible...period.

You need almost the best current graphics card to move things at that resolution nowadays in desktops and you say Apple is going to make it in a tablet in a few months ?????

Please be more serious and think twice before saying nonsense.

posted on 16 Jan 2011, 17:02

14. lol123 (unregistered)


It's not impossible, it's damn likely this is true.

posted on 16 Jan 2011, 13:40

11. darko (unregistered)


Nicee..;)

posted on 16 Jan 2011, 20:36

15. astrocramp (Posts: 8; Member since: 16 Jan 2011)


Ridiculous, you would need absolutely premium hardware and power. Battery life would suck, would be too expensive,

posted on 16 Jan 2011, 23:27

16. iPod owner (unregistered)


The res will be better than the old one but nit this high apple will wait a few years to put a retina on the iPad so that just like the iPod touch with it's camera scenario everyone will have an iPad by then and once they put the retina on it people will know the iPad love it and spend $1000 on it while sites like this one publish stories about the successor to it the day following it's release What can we do but follow the trend
I'm no better than anyone but it's apple no brainer strategy will that keep us all within it's grasp for many many years to come

- iPod owner

posted on 17 Jan 2011, 14:26

17. DJ Q STORM (unregistered)


Nobody thinks that the ipad 2 is obsolete already and it isn't even out?

posted on 17 Jan 2011, 14:45

18. vzwservesmewell (Posts: 29; Member since: 05 May 2010)


Been Waiting for the iPad2 and this display really gets me excited. My eyes got tired trying to read on the current iPad. That being said, since I'm not an Apple guy I'm going to wait and check out the Moto Xoom before I will buy my next tablet.

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