Apple iPad 2 Screen Resolution Quadrupled

Posted on Jan 16 2011 - 3:50pm by Richard Sharp

A couple of months ago it was suggested that the iPad 2 would come equipped with a retina display which is currently seen on the Apple iPhone 4. Well a recent discovery has dispelled the retina display myth but never fear because the news suggests the iPad 2 screen will have quadruple the number of pixels than the current iPad.

That means an increase from 1024×768 to 2048×1536, a new PPI (Pixels per inch) of 260 compared to the current iPad which only has a PPI of 132 – not quite retina (iPhone 4 = 326 PPI) but still a huge leap forward.

The rumour is actually pretty strong and comes from the new iBooks app – the graphics used on the app are actually four times higher than the iPad can deliver. So they don’t look any better on the current iPad, the app was designed by Apple and they must have some reason to up the graphics – hence the rumour that the iPad 2 will be able to run the app at full graphical capacity.

Let’s not forget that apple pulled the multiple of four out of the bag when launching the iPhone 4, it has a screen resolution 4 times greater than the 3GS so there is no reason they wouldn’t do the same with the iPad 2.

Don’t expect this to be the last rumour to hit before the iPad 2 launches. Do you think this is a large enough improvement or would you prefer the full on retina display?

Source: Apple insider

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  1. Gavin January 16, 2011 at 4:40 pm - Reply

    iPad is usually held further from eyes, so 260ppi will be retina display

  2. Owen January 16, 2011 at 4:51 pm - Reply

    I think on such a large screen if it had the full retina display it would drain the battery , and i personally thought the current iPad screen is amazing so any improvements to the screen will be greatly appreciated , I mean it would look awesome to have 260 ppi I hope the iPad has a micro USB , micro SD card and at least a 5 mp camera at the back and 2 mp at the front and perhaps 720p or 1080p video recording , it would be awesome , it would be great if it had a dual core processor or something to keep it up with the rest of the new devices released at the CES

  3. Chris 77 January 17, 2011 at 2:41 am - Reply

    the big screen ipad help me enjoy my videos on ipad. I am sticking with my iPad with so many vidoes. When I back home, I would watching all kinds of videos with my boyfriend. I think others will do the same once they try it and realize it is the perfect personal computer 🙂

    So, I prefer the big screen ipad. By the way, To watch all kinds of videos and movies on ipad, we should thanks be to God, ahaa, just a joke. we should thanks to iFunia. this third party supplies the best ipad video converter so that we can save all kinds of vidoes on ipad.

  4. shaniskinny February 9, 2011 at 5:49 pm - Reply

    check out this review on ipad 2 http://bit.ly/dZzEqV

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