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iBooks shows hints of next iPad having 2048x1536 display

updated 08:30 pm EST, Sat January 15, 2011

iBooks 1.2 points to iPad 2 getting Retina Display

A handful of discoveries on Saturday may have all but confirmed suspicions of a new iPad with a Retina Display. Both Arizona State University researcher Rafeed Chaudhury and mobile app writer Steve Troughton-Smith found images in both the current iBooks 1.2 and its 1.1 predecessor showing background and bookmark images that fit a "2X" iPad resolution that doesn't exist before. The wood tile image (below) is 1,536 pixels wide, twice the width of the iPad's screen, and by extension points to a 2048x1536 display on the future Apple tablet.

The resolution wouldn't have the same pixel density as the iPhone 4, whose 960x640 screen gives it 326 pixels per inch. At 264 pixels per inch, however, it would have four times the resolution of the existing iPad and would be almost exactly as sharp as screens like those for the Motorola Droid 2. A much sharper screen is potentially more expensive, although Apple has been willing to opt for brand new, ultra-sharp screens on the iPhone 4 and fourth-generation iPod touch that haven't affected the retail prices. Its biggest concerns may be performance, but the rumored dual-core ARM Cortex-A9 chip and PowerVR SGX543 graphics could help drive the extra pixels without a hit in performance.

A higher resolution display could be a critical selling point for Apple as a wave of new Android tablets reach the market. Google is requiring a minimum 1280x720 display for Android 3.0 tablets, and some such as the Motorola Xoom will have 1280x800 or larger panels. No competitor, regardless of platform, is known to be getting as high a resolution and would leave the iPad as technically superior.

Most now expect Apple to ship the next iPad in early April and keep to its pattern of releasing new mobile products in roughly 12-month intervals.

Background wood tile (shrunk to fit the page)

by MacNN Staff



  1. iphonerulez

    Joined: Dec 1969


    I'd sure like to see something like that...

    on the new iPad 2. That would severely hurt the rivals because there's no way they could match it with their current designs and the cost structure would be too much for them to bear. Even if they wanted to try to copy the higher resolution display, there's absolutely no way they could get enough of those components to put out a substantial production run. Apple should be able to consistently get the jump on competitors by planning designs well in advance. By the time competitors can react to a move, it'll automatically be too late.

    If this display rumor true, the competitors are going to have to go up against Apple's 9.7" high resolution display with 7" standard resolution displays. I'm sure that consumers will choose Apple's offerings in an instant even if the prices are slightly higher. Imagine a tablet market controlled by Apple that even top competitors can't compete in without blowing their profits. Apple has one advantage that nearly no other company has. A high-selling, four product iOS platform. All of them have overlapping components which Apple is able to spread the cost over. Apple must be ordering huge amounts of components and can guarantee those suppliers that Apple will buy as much as they can manufacture and will pay up front. No supplier would refuse such a deal. In the suppliers' eyes, they're taking almost no risk with Apple knowing that Apple has the marketing clout to move products. It's a win-win situation for both of them. This will mean another awesome iPad year for Apple and we'll likely see dual processor chips across the entire iOS lineup. A win-win for Apple and consumers. Sweet.

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  1. facebook_Omega

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    Joined: Jan 2011


    Apple Fanboy Nerd-gasm

    This has to have the apple fanboy's loins getting stiff with anticipation.....

  1. Jonathan-Tanya

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Android fans have to love it

    relegate yourself to the top 10% Apple - do it! go for it!

    You'll own the high end - not a bad place to be.

    Google will own the mainstream - not a bad place for them either.

    Everyone's happy.

    Sure the gen 1 iPad is still an option for those on a budget, but it won't have a front facing camera and is still heavy.

    still - this is just a rumor, and by itself is not bad news - so can't wait until April - if it does hold the cost to $499 (seriously doubt it), and is just a higher rez screen, and the machine is lighter, thinner (rumored to be thinner already)...with front facing camera -- then its a huge win for Apple.

  1. chefpastry

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Droid-tard nightmare

    This has to have the Droid-tards deficating in their pants...

  1. chas_m



    Maybe I'm near-sighted ...

    ... but the resolution is the LEAST important thing about the iPad to me. The resolution is just PERFECT as far as I can see. Everything looks beautiful on it right now, and the easy-on-the-eyes resolution has helped move a LOT of units to older buyers (not just seniors, middle-aged people too) who may not have bought otherwise.

    I'm sure I'll enjoy the extra rez if that happens, but the emphasis on this component of the iPad is ridiculous if it causes the price to go up. I don't get the weight bruhaha either ... weighs less than any netbook or laptop I've ever picked up right now, maybe you guys are just weaklings? :)

    Anyway, really the only thing I think the iPad *needs* to change is the addition of a front-facing camera (I don't care about the back-facing one) and the addition of FaceTime. That and fix a few software bugs and I'm happy. Sometimes I think the "nerd community" just can't deal with the idea of a product that actually came out as a 1.0 release and got it right on the first go ...

  1. Feathers

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Steve's Obsessions

    Steve has long been known to possess a number of obsessions. The Beatles on iTunes has been a bigger goal for him personally than just about anybody else on the planet. Similarly, Steve has always had a thing about fonts and typography. That alone could be driving the resolution issue on iOS devices. Steve wants text to look not just nice but exquisite! If books are a key component of the iPad ecosystem then so is typography and the resolutions needed to support it.

  1. OtisWild

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Resolution Independence

    I guess all that talk about resolution independence in 10.5 will finally come in 10.7 after it's released for iOS?

  1. hayesk

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Don't buy it.

    I'll bet it's prep for the future. I just don't see that kind of video card and display available in the near future - that doesn't kill the battery.

  1. tracynicole

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Delhi Escorts

    your commentI was very encouraged to find this site. I wanted to thank you for this special read. I definitely savored every little bit of it.

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