Back in January, just before iPad 2 was unveiled, there were rumors that iPad 2 could get Retina Display like iPhone 4. However, as you know by now, much to our disappointment iPad 2 got the same 1024×768 resolution screen as the original iPad.
The rumor was based on higher resolution graphics labeled “iPadx2” in iPad apps.
Techunwrapped reports that their tipster has noticed images, which are twice the size needed by iPad 1 and iPad 2 in the Twitter.framework within iOS 5 SDK.
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 speculates that since these images were includes in Twitter framework, which was recently introduced in iOS 5, it is possible that iPad 3 will be released this year, along with iOS 5.
This is not the first time it is being speculated that iPad 3 will arrive this year, despite the launch of iPad 2 earlier in the year.
Few months back, John Gruber of Daring Fireball who has a good track record when it comes to Apple rumors, speculated that Apple is planning to launch the third generation iPad in September this year.
In our opinion, it is unlikely that iPad 3 will be released this year as Steve Jobs had categorically stated that “2011 is the year of iPad 2” to squash the iPad 3 rumors and speculations, but these new clues suggest that iPad 3 will get the gorgeous Retina Display and it would probably be high time.
What do you think? Let us know in the comments.