Apple iPad 3 Retina Display Code Found in iOS 5 SDK

Posted on Jun 15 2011 - 11:37am by Richard Sharp

Rumours of a retina display for the Apple iPad 3 have been circulating for some time. In fact, many people thought that the iPad 2 would have come equipped with a iPhone 4 matching screen.

Last week Apple released the beta version of iOS 5 to developers and since then a few snippets of code has revealed the iPad 3 will come with an uprated display.

The iOS 5 SDK has referenced an increased screen resolution of 1536×2048, which is far higher than the iPad and iPad 2. That doesn’t mean that either of these tablets is about to miraculously sprout some extra pixels but does suggest that the iPad 3 will come with a higher resolution display. This supports previous display rumours surrounding the device, this could also support last months speculation of Apple using a Samsung Amoled panel.

The only problem with the whole Samsung theory (major lawsuit aside) is that their new panel has a resolution of 2560 by 1600 pixels which is far higher than the number discovered in iOS 5. That said, Apple could simply be throwing a massive curve ball – it’s been done before and is often used to throw competitors and customers off the scent.

When Apple released the iPad 2 earlier in the year it came with a few exciting additions, but didn’t make any changes to the screen resolution. The future generation of tablets will surely come with an uprated screen, it doesn’t necessarily need one but consumers will demand it all the same.

Do you think Apple need to install a retina display on the Apple iPad 3?

source: Mac rumors

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