Leaked iPad 3 Screen Has 2048×1536 ‘Retina Display’ Resolution

Until now, we have seen a number of photos of LCD displays claimed to be for iPad 3, which is widely expected to come with a high resolution Retina Display, none of the sources have been able to confirm if the LCD displays will sport double the resolution (2048×1536) of iPad 1 and iPad 2 (1024×768).

Folks at MacRumors have taken things a step further. They have managed to get their hands on one of iPad 3 displays and put it under a microscope to figure out if it is indeed a high-resolution Retina Display.

They report:

when comparing the iPad 3 display to one from an iPad 2 under a microscope, the difference in resolutions becomes readily apparent, with the iPad 3 display’s pixels appearing to be one-quarter the size of those on the iPad 2. 

Since we only had a raw iPad 3 display with no method to power it, taking high quality photos of the pixels was difficult. Still, even with the relatively poor lighting, you can easily make out the pixels on each display (made up of red, green and blue elements). We highlighted a cluster of 4 pixels (2×2) from the iPad 2 to compare it to the same area on the iPad 3. On the iPad 3, the same cluster was occupied by 16 pixels (4×4) — exactly twice the resolution in each direction.

Extrapolating out, the iPad 3 screen should carry a full resolution of 2048×1536, exactly twice the linear resolution of the iPad 1 and iPad 2 which is 1024×768. Such a screen should be able to display much sharper images as compared to the previous generation iPads. 

So that should settle things. Apple is expected to unveil iPad 3 on March 7th, followed by the launch a week or so after the event.

Apple’s iPad 3 is expected to come with Retina Display, the next generation A6 system-on-chip with a quad-core processor, improved front and rear cameras, Siri and support 4G LTE networks.

We can’t wait to be blown away by an iPad 3 with Retina Display.

[via MacRumors]

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  • fas

    Awesome, just awesome. Now upgrade da macs.

  • Poor1

    Whats the point!? Sharp is already enough…does Apple inc. facilitate free lasix operations so i can truly benefit of this ultra sharpness??? It will f****up a lot of app icons and the highest resolution of today’s content is not more than 1920 x 1080. So again WHATS the point. It will take at least another 3 or 4 years before 4K resolution content will be available for the global consumer markets.

    • Paradox

      Better detail in photos, streaming video, crisper text when reading webpages, etc …. Website text on my iPhone is much easier on my eyes than the same text on my iPad. Its not all about apps, its about overall user experience.

    • jdb

      My god you’re a di*k!

    • dev

      You must have just bought an ipad2 and seeing this article is peesing you Off since the ipad3 is coming out next month.

    • Johnny

      If everyone was like you, the world would lack progression and be a dull place!