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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