The new iPad has a pixel density of 264 ppi, twice that of the iPad 2. Its resolution now stands at 2048 by 1536 pixels, which is even larger than a 1080p flatscreen TV.
Using the iPhone 4 screen as the basis for a Retina display, Apple explained that a pixel density of 264 ppi is enough to make pixels indistinguishable from a distance of 15 inches, which is the iPad’s expected distance from the eye.
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So how much difference does the iPad’s Retina screen, packed with more than 3 million pixels, make?
Here are some images that show a side by side comparison of the iPad 2′s screen and the Retina screen:
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As you see, the difference is very noticeable, just like it was when the iPhone 4 was introduced.
Additionally, be sure to check out images of the iPad taken by a Lytro camera by NYT writer Nick Bilton. You can focus on a particular area of the image, just by clicking over it.
The Retina display looks excellent, and we can’t wait to get our hands on the new iPad.