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Retina display confirmed for Apple iPad 3?

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Retina display confirmed for Apple iPad 3?
The question about whether the display on the Apple iPad 3 will be a Retina display seems to be answered by Mac Rumors. The site was able to obtain what it says is one of the panels for the next-gen Apple tablet, and they put it under a microscope. While to the naked eye, it looks the same as the displays from the iPad 1 and iPad 2, under the scope, the pixels on the Apple iPad 3 appear to be a quarter of the size as the ones on the two earlier models. A group of 16 pixels (4x4) from the iPad 3 take the same space as a group of 4 pixels (2x2) from the iPad 2.

According to the site, extrapolating out the data results in a resolution on the Apple iPad display of  "2048x1536, exactly twice the linear resolution of the iPad 1 and iPad 2 which is 1024x768." This resolution will be enough to give the screen the pixel density it needs to qualify as a Retina display. It should be noted that these screens were not sourced directly from Apple, but are OEM replacement parts for the Apple iPad 3

Meanwhile, web site App.wepost.me obtained pictures that are claimed to be shipments of 9.7 inch displays for the Apple iPad 3. The blurry photos show the displays leaving a Radiant Opto-Electronics factory in Wujiang, China where the company produces the screens for Samsung in South Korea. Samsung then gives the screens to Apple. The screen has the code J2, a codename rumored to be the name for one model of the next Apple iPad. The completed components feature the Samsung logo and are even sealed up using Samsung branded tape. The security around the Radiant Opto-Electronics factory is extremely tight as there are supposedly four complete Apple iPad 3 units inside, and those who have seen the tablet say it looks "basically the same" as the Apple iPad 2.

Pictures of Apple iPad 3 parts have been leaked continuously the last few days from photos claiming to be the tablet's rear cover and camera, to those showing that the iPad 3 will be powered by a dual-core A5X processor instead of a rumored quad-core A6 processor. The insiders at the factory in Wujiang, China said that the third-generation Apple tablet will have a Retina display, "dual LED display technology", and an upgraded 5MP or 8MP camera.

As we have told you before, speculation centers around March 7th as the date when Apple will be introducing the Apple iPad 3.

source: MacRumors, App.wepost.me (translated) via AppleInsider

According to measurements done on an alleged Apple iPad 3 panel, the screen will feature a Retina display
According to measurements done on an alleged Apple iPad 3 panel, the screen will feature a Retina display

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