iFixit Takes a Closer Look at the 'iPad 3 Retina Display'

Last week, we reported that we had been able to obtain a 9.7-inch display claimed to be for the iPad 3, confirming through microscopic analysis that the display offers twice the linear resolution and four times the total number of pixels as the iPad 2.

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iFixit's comparison of iPad 2 and iPad 3 display pixels

We've since shared the display with our friends at iFixit to see if they could power the screen and otherwise take a closer look at it. Unfortunately, with the different connector on the new display, iFixit was unable to directly hook the display up to the guts of an iPad 2. Meanwhile, efforts to map the pins of the two displays in an attempt to jury-rig the iPad 3 display were believed to be too substantial to undertake with the limited time and no guarantees of success. iFixit was, however, able to confirm our findings of an ultra-high resolution display that quadruples the number of pixels over the previous-generation iPads.


In this new video overview of the iPad 3 display, iFixit confirms the higher (2048x1536) resolution, the modified connector, and tweaked retaining clips as compared to the iPad 2 display.

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Display connectors from iPad 2 (left) and iPad 3 (right)

Apple is expected to introduce the iPad 3 with a media event on March 7. Beyond the display, photos of a number of claimed parts for the device, including the logic board and front glass/digitizer, have leaked in recent weeks, offering some reasonable evidence of what can be expected in the updated models.

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Top Rated Comments

cambookpro Avatar
161 months ago
, Apple!
Score: 24 Votes (Like | Disagree)
arcite Avatar
161 months ago


:D:apple: This never gets old.
Score: 18 Votes (Like | Disagree)
URFloorMatt Avatar
161 months ago
Is it really jury rigged? Always thought it was jerry rigged.
Score: 14 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Chupa Chupa Avatar
161 months ago
Here's what I take away from the video:

1. New screen is lighter + presumed larger, heavier battery = overall same weight as iPad 2.

2. Apple/iPad h8trs are going to mitch and boan that Apple is changing the definition of "Retina" for marketing purposes...even though the whole Retina name is only a marketing moniker and not a technical term. Realistically, HD is HD so who cares if it's 240 or 300. It reminds me of the nitpicking "audiophiles" do when your stereo can't reproduce frequencies a dog can dance to.

3. My belief is reconfirmed that if there were more adorkable "geek girls" instead of plastic look-at-me Kim Kardashian types the world be a better place to live in.
Score: 13 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Peace Avatar
161 months ago
Couldn't iFixIt just buy the connector from the same place arn got the display ?
Score: 11 Votes (Like | Disagree)
myrtlebee Avatar
161 months ago
Wish they could have figured out some way to connect it!
Score: 11 Votes (Like | Disagree)