A screen which is believed to be destined for the iPad 3 has been put under a microscope and confirmed to have four times as many pixels as the existing iPad 2 models, essentially making the Retina Display enabled iPad 3 a foregone conclusion. Intrepid investigators at MacRumors managed to secure a screen believed to be produced for the iPad 3 and, after close microscopic examination, have found that it carries a resolution of 2048 x 1536 pixels in a 9.7 inch display, meaning that the device will have display quality similar to that found in the iPhone 4 and 4S.
As suggested, the increased resolution means that the device will now support what Apple has termed the ‘Retina Display’. This means that the pixel density is so great that the human eye is unable to distinguish individual pixels on the screen. This also means that, with the proportional scaling up of the display, iOS developers will have little trouble scaling up their apps for the new display.
Component leaks from unreleased Apple products are fairly common on the run up to the release of a new device and components for the as-yet-unannounced iPad 3 have already been spotted in China. These components have so far included things like a headphone socket, dock adaptor and we even spotted an iPad 3 Bluetooth antenna floating around. However, this is the first time that such a reliable source has managed to secure one of these screens and examine it closely.
While it essentially confirms what was already strongly suspected for the iPad 3, it’s a great scoop.