Why would it be cool if the iPad 3 has a 2048x1536 pixel screen

Why would it be cool if the iPad 3 has a 2048x1536 pixel screen
One of the most anticipated new features in the upcoming Apple iPad 3 is the higher-resolution screen. The most popular take on this is that the said screen will have a pixel count four times higher than the one on the iPad 1 and 2. This would actually make for a display resolution of 2048x1536 px - just enough to guarantee a pixel density of 264 ppi. Not enough for Retina-quality? Well, it depends. You'd need something above 300 ppi if you want to get the so-called Retina Display effect on your phone, but this is because people are normally holding their handsets at a distance of about 12 inches. With tablets, it's different, because people are holding those at a significantly larger distance, compared to a phone, due to the bigger physical size of the screen. So, basically, achieving the Retina Display effect with the expected 2048x1536 pixel display of the Apple iPad 3 is not out of the equation.

But that's not what's important to us. What we really care for is how the iPad 3 user would benefit from having such great resolution. Here are a few areas where we really think the iPad 3's higher-res screen will prove to be priceless...

Reading and web browsing

Reading e-books and browsing the web will probably get the biggest boost, since the high pixel density of the iPad 3 would mean that text will be displayed much more clearly, with no blurring or jagged edges on the letters. Reading will get better, because you'll be able to fit more text in a single page, without sacrificing clarity, while, on the other hand, the web will become much easier to read and better-looking, seeing that it's so rich in text. Of course, the same goes for in-app text, so app developers are going to benefit as well, but what's more important - it is us, the users, who are going to be enjoying better-looking apps.

Images and video

It's not only text that will start to look better. Pictures and video will also get beautified. On one hand, you'll be able to view larger, more detailed images, while on the other, enjoying 1080p video will be as easy as pie on the iPad 3. But of course, the benefit here is that not only will you be able to play 1080p - you'll actually be able to see every pixel in the video, without any information loss. Can't view a whole image in its actual size, because it's too big to fit inside the 1024x768-pixel frame of the iPad 1 and 2? No worries, this too should not be a problem, when/if the iPad 3 arrives with its 2048x1536 display.

New usage scenarios

Should the iPad 3 come with the above-mentioned higher-res display, this would mean that it'll be good enough to be used by professionals like pilots and doctors, for example. Although some airlines have already adopted the iPad in order to replace conventional flight bags, the use of the tablet is currently limited to a radius of 50 miles from the originating and destination airports. That's because the in-route flight maps are still too complex to be shown appropriately with the XGA (1024x768) resolution of the first and second iPads. With 2048x1536, however, this shouldn't be a problem. Another professional area where a hi-resolution iPad would make good use is medicine, where some facilities have already started using the iPad for medical imaging. Naturally, the higher-resolution display would allow doctors to see more details and thus get a better view of the whole situation.

Finally, we should note that having all of these benefits combined means that pretty much our whole experience with the iPad 3 will be much better. The screen is a key element in touch-driven devices like the tablet and the smartphone, so improving its quality would always have a profound impact on the user experience.

What do you think, guys and gals - will the iPad 3 have a higher-resolution screen?

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1. willardcw4

Posts: 170; Member since: Oct 01, 2011

I would think all tech devices coming out with higher and higher resolution would be a good thing! And of course the iPad 3 will have a higher-res screen!

12. cepcamba

Posts: 717; Member since: Feb 27, 2012

They'll use it in CSI: Since there's lot of detail you won't miss much even with your naked eye. You just have to be alert! "I think I have a clue! Zoom in on that grain of sand 300 pixels from the left and 400 pixels from the top!"

19. Doakie

Posts: 2478; Member since: May 06, 2009

Yawn. I owned an iPad 2 it was effing useless. Give me a 1080 Galaxy Note 10.1 and I'll be in heaven.

23. 1701nino unregistered

Well i have an ipad 2 and i wouldn't change it for any other stinking android tablet. Android is so boring. Lol


Posts: 701; Member since: Jun 07, 2011

hmm soo looking at your app grid all day is not boring??

28. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

Amid all the announcements and releases during MWC, wasn't there a tablet or two that already had this resolution (or higher)? Too many articles to sort through, just wondering if anyone recalls off the top of their head

46. squallz506

Posts: 1075; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

runner up is the transformer 700 or whatever. its 1900*1280 or something like that. im just waiting for samsung or lg to drop a 4k OLED into a tablet.

51. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

Thanks. My money's on LG or another brand using an LG or Sharp screen. I wish ViewSonic, with all their display knowledge and excellence, would release a super HD screen, instead of the mediocre stuff on their tablets thus far

56. nnaatthhaannx2

Posts: 820; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

4k oled.... probably not anytime soon

29. good2great

Posts: 1042; Member since: Feb 22, 2012

these articles are not to say the iPad is the first to have HD resolution... what its saying is for apple users this is something "new" for them. its funny how we misinterpret what we read to take it as a direct challenge to what we use...haha lol... you guys are hilarious with the jokes... i have the ipad 2 if the screen is the only "new" thing i'll pass on purchasing it... even though it would be "cool" to have the benefits of the HD screen. besides the "app grid" (i admit is bland), the functionality of the OS is smooth as butter and very integrated into the apps and programs open fluently; very easy to use. Ipad 3 will do BIG things tho... im for sure...

30. danwatson

Posts: 117; Member since: Jan 03, 2012

1080P videos won't be much better if the ipad 3 is the same aspect ratio. You are loosing screen real estate as well as potential pixels on black bars thus you will be loosing much of the potential. You will still be able to view 1080P at full resolution, just at a reduced size more similar to a 7" widescreen tablet. Looking at photos and text would be the largest improvements.

43. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

Why can't any of these journalist WAIT for the offical press conference to get the official specs instead of making people thinking it's the real deal

50. jabberwocky

Posts: 89; Member since: Feb 21, 2012

Why would it be cool? Good question. Since your article sets out to answer that question, a better way to title the article would have been: Why it would be cool...

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