Rumor: Apple's next iPads may get higher resolution screens

Rumor: Apple's next iPads may get higher resolution screens
iOS developer Hamza Sood enjoys tinkering with the beta builds he gets, it seems. Last week, he found a hidden pane in the iOS 8.1 beta 2 that pointed towards Apple Pay and fingerprint scanners for the next generation of iPads. Now, he has uncovered something that hints towards higher resolution screens.

Sood dug up the graphics for the clock app, and found that they are offered in 3 variants for each piece – "iPad", "2x~iPad", and "3x~iPad", with each following variant being higher resolution and more detailed than the last. This leads to the speculation that, if "iPad" files are with a resolution, accommodating the iPad and iPad 2 displays, and the "2x~iPad" files cater towards the Retina displays, then the sharpest "3x~iPad" files are made for a yet unreleased display panel - possibly Retina HD.

Apple did dub the displays on the new iPhone 6 units Retina HD – presumably, because they have a higher resolution than the iPhone 5s screen panels. Still, the 4.7" model's resolution is 750 x 1334 pixels, which led to the PPI count to remain the same as before – 326, whereas the iPhone 6 Plus did benefit from a bumped-up 1080p resolution, with its PPI jumping up to the formidable 401.

So the rumors now speak of Retina HD iPads, but judging from the numbers above, it is too early to jump up and giggle in excitement, as apparently, the “HD” is a very broad definition. The new resolution files could also point towards the rumored 12" iPad Pro, but this is a barely-whispered-about product, so we won't go into speculation about that.

All in all, the Apple event, where Cupertino will supposedly unveil the next gen iPads, is only 6 days away, so we'll know soon.

source: Twitter via AppleInsider

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1. bugsbunny00

Posts: 2264; Member since: Jun 07, 2013

beware retina HD plus is coming

2. Aploine

Posts: 445; Member since: Oct 24, 2013

Oooh! innovation...

5. eggimage

Posts: 83; Member since: Jan 19, 2012

Apple never said retina HD was "innovative". It was only a name to indicate an improved retina resolution. Not only do i never see apple users brag or make a big deal about it, but Interestingly, it's the few haters who MUST call it an innovation every time they see an article with this term in it. Is it a unique type of OCD or something?

6. Aploine

Posts: 445; Member since: Oct 24, 2013

The kind that you have 6+ the projection thing maybe?

10. JMartin22

Posts: 2370; Member since: Apr 30, 2013

What is a "Retina Display"? A cheesy marketing moniker for pixel-dense screen. Nothing more.

12. Napalm_3nema

Posts: 2236; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

Maybe they need to add a "Super" to it?

15. medicci37

Posts: 1361; Member since: Nov 19, 2011

Still the new HD moniker is just bs marketing. Trying to make it appear that the iPhone screen is on par with Android flagships... It's not!

20. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

I'm fine with "Retina HD" for the Plus, which actually has an FHD screen. But the 6 didn't actually change screen quality, just made it bigger. I still don't get why they didn't at least use something standard like 1366x768 (333 ppi).

13. rantao333

Posts: 346; Member since: May 21, 2013

in the mean time Galaxy note 4 just bend

17. Aploine

Posts: 445; Member since: Oct 24, 2013

In that video he says that Note3 takes double the force than 6+ to bend and about the same is for Note4. Just listen what he says

25. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

1080P are so 2012.

3. iluvsonynokia

Posts: 161; Member since: Aug 27, 2013

may get so wait

4. AlikMalix unregistered

To be honest two things I dont care about in cell phones: How thin it is, and resolution beyond 300p... I looked at the LGG3 - no big deal at all - rather have more battery, better framerate, and smooth UI...

9. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

You wouldn't be saying the same that if you looked at Note 4's QHD. LG G3's implementation is poor. They reduced the brightness, oversharpened the texts and produces inaccurate colors.

14. AlikMalix unregistered

Reply to post #9... I'm definately looking forward to checking out Note4's Screen (I hear a lot of good about it), and if it changes my mind about QHD - so be it... But based on Benchmark tests, it looks like the screen hinders it's ability to do its best all for a barely noticeable sharpness (I maybe wrong after I see it in real life) but for now I'm sticking to no point beyond 300p...

23. DnB925Art

Posts: 1168; Member since: May 23, 2013

I checked out the Note 4's screen at Best Buy (you should check out BB as they have the Note 4, Note Edge, and the Samsung VR there on display) and it's is lovely. Accurate color reproduction and they've greatly improved SAMOLED big time. I take a lot of video on my phone (from concerts and music festivals) and I can't wait to get this phone to shoot video. Where the high density of the screen comes to play is with certain typefaces like Asian typefaces. I'm learning Japanese in my free time and having a very high density screen is very critical since the strokes of Japanese Kanji (or Chinese characters) for example is much easier to distinguish since there are so many "strokes" in certain characters, unlike Western alphabets. Plus the Note series has the S-Pen which I use to write in Hirigana/Katakana/Kanji, in fact the software will take my handwritten Japanese and change it to the typewritten font of the character. Pretty nifty imo.

11. S.M.Talha

Posts: 70; Member since: Aug 27, 2014

You are right.Who the hell need alot of sharpness,Instead they should improve the other things which are meant to be in smartphones.

18. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

I have never seen a QHD mobile display, but I do know that there's a MASSIVE difference between a 1080p and 720p display. Like Z2 compared to Z3 C

21. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

Going from 480 to 720 was huge. 720 to 1080 is definitely noticeable. 1080 to 1440? Eh. You really need an 8+" screen to notice. I put a G2 and G3 side by side and couldn't tell. Just seemed like a specs bragging rights thing.

7. vincelongman

Posts: 5692; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Cool, but IMO iOS/Android/RT isn't good for 12-13" where Windows/Mac is far better Apple should make a Surface Pro 4 competitor with full Mac OS X

8. aryanfr1

Posts: 125; Member since: Jan 24, 2013

Just put that on mini 3 also

16. TBomb

Posts: 1484; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

"more pixels than more pixels"

19. darkkjedii

Posts: 31039; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Let's rock Apple.

22. Spedez

Posts: 542; Member since: Aug 29, 2014


24. fzacek

Posts: 2486; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

It's about time...

26. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

Retina HD. ROFL. That's so pathetic...

28. darkkjedii

Posts: 31039; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Check the sales, they're pathetic too right?

27. gigaraga

Posts: 1454; Member since: Mar 29, 2013

Copy with the 'pro' moniker, and try hard 12" large screen. First they copy with the larger screen on the i6+ now their tablets too? But the Note Pro 12.2 still trumps whatever 'larger' super high res display iPad Pro thing the FruitCompanyThingy can come up with.

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