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More Evidence for 2048x1536 iPad Retina Display

More evidence has emerged to suggest that a future version of the iPad will sport a "Retina" display with a resolution of 2048x1536, or double the horizontal and vertical pixels of the current iPad.

Back in January, a number of images were discovered within iPad apps showing icons twice the size needed for the 1024x768 screen on the iPad. This suggested a similar pixel-doubling strategy to that used in the iPhone 4's Retina Display. That particular feature wasn't included in the iPad 2, but perhaps will be in the iPad 3.


New clues regarding a possible 2048x1536 iPad display were reported today by Techunwrapped. Their tipster noticed the Twitter.framework within the iOS SDK had huge images, twice the size needed for the current iPad:
As I was going through the iOS SDK I came across some images in the new Twitter .framework. The resolution appears to be 1,536 x 2,048.

The Twitter.framework is the only framework I found to have these enormous images.
Techunwrapped goes on to suggest that because the large images were only included in the Twitter section of the iOS SDK -- a relatively new part of the iOS codebase -- it means an iPad 3 will come out in the same timeframe as iOS 5 is released.

Based on the discovery of pixel-doubled iPad images as far back as January, we are hesitant to attach any significant timeline to these discoveries, but they are simply more signs that Apple plans to release a Retina Display-equipped iPad.

Related roundup: iPad Air

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43 months ago
If Apple release a Retina iPad for the current $500/16GB, I'm sold!! Keep the rumors coming :D
Rating: 18 Votes
43 months ago
That resolution is higher than my laptop. It better have some decent hardware with a display like that
Rating: 15 Votes
43 months ago

so should i get an ipad now? or will one be released end of this/next month?


Steve stood right next to this when the iPad 2 was launched. No iPad 3 until 2012.
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Rating: 13 Votes
43 months ago

Techunwrapped goes on to suggest that because the large images were only included in the Twitter section of the iOS SDK -- a relatively new part of the iOS codebase -- it means an iPad 3 will come out in the same timeframe as iOS 5 is released

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So the iPad 3 will come out around iOS 5 with Retina display Twitter functionality and normal everything else? How does THAT make any sense?
Rating: 10 Votes
43 months ago
Apple, "If you build it, I will come"
Rating: 10 Votes
43 months ago
Just bought an iPad, and i'm going to enjoy it. There is no economical way to keep up with technology especially at Apple's rate.
Rating: 8 Votes
43 months ago

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So the iPad 3 will come out around iOS 5 with Retina display Twitter functionality and normal everything else? How does THAT make any sense?


Yeah, it doesn't make sense at all.

There is simply no need for a iPad 3 this year. No Honeycomb tablet has trumped the iPad 2. The new Samsung Tab is very close but Apple can definitely wait till next year to release the iPad 3.
Rating: 8 Votes
43 months ago

The resolution should make the Cinema Display come down on the price then too right?


Not necessarily, if the amount of panels made is not high enough, the price won't go down.

On the other hand, iPads sell by millions.
Rating: 7 Votes
43 months ago

The article says, "a similar pixel-doubling strategy." That should be "pixel-quadrupling."


Technically, yes, however "pixel-doubling" is a phrase used for many years to describe this sort of thing.

--Eric
Rating: 7 Votes
43 months ago

I highly doubt it'll be released this year. Stranger things have happened though. If you're ready to buy then buy. If you really want a higher res screen then wait.


Especially considering it is still difficult to track down iPads in stores even now. It would almost be silly for Apple to refresh the iPad this year from a business perspective.
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