updated 11:05 am EST, Wed February 9, 2011
Retina support for iPad less likely
Icons discovered in the code for Pages for iPad may suggest that Apple has bigger plans for iWork on iOS. The graphics depict common options in Pages, such as printing, guidelines and notes. Notably though the material is sized at Retina Display resolution, something the first-generation iPad doesn't support.
The icons could support notions that the second-generation iPad will gain a Retina Display, but there is no iPad reference in the filenames. They may therefore be in place for an iPhone version of the iWork suite, which has been hinted at since June. If so the content suggests that iWork will become a universal iOS app, rather than one split into separate iPad and iPhone versions.
Although several reports have claimed plans for ultra-high resolution iPad displays, most recent accounts have dismissed them. Apple may instead be readying them for a third-generation tablet; IDC research manager Tom Maineilli comments that mass production of a 2048x1536 panel in particular is likely unfeasible at the moment. The resolution would be sharper than most desktop monitors can support.