updated 12:50 pm EDT, Fri March 25, 2011
iPad 2 tech so far unexploited
The next major update of Real Racing 2 HD will, with an iPad 2, support true 1080p output to a TV or external display, says developer Firemint. Content should run fullscreen without any black bars, and at 30 frames per second. As an extra advantage the game will display telemetry on an iPad while the actual race is shown elsewhere.
Firemint claims that its game will be the first iOS app to support 1080p out. Taking advantage of this will however require not only an iPad 2, but an HDMI cable and an adapter capable of connecting to the tablet's USB port. In most cases this likely means using Apple's $39 Digital AV Adapter.
Apple has been hesitant to support 1080p in its products. None of the video available on the iTunes Store is above 720p resolution, and even the second-generation Apple TV is incapable of streaming 1080p, though the resulting HDMI signal can be scaled up. The iPad 2's support may be related to its dramatically faster processors; as the chipsets carry over to other devices, Apple may extend compatibility.