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iPad 6 Details Emerge as iPad 5 Event Nears

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The iPad 5 is still rumors and leaks, but iPad 6 details are already emerging with talk of a Retina+ display option and no larger screen iPad for 2014.

The iPad 5 is expected on October 22nd with a new look but the same size 9.7-inch display, and new analyst chatter indicates Apple could be planning to dramatically enhance the iPad’s Retina resolution in 2014 with the iPad 6.

The iPad 6 could deliver the first change in Retina Resolution and could lead the charge for a change to the Retina Display on the iPhone 6 which a separate report claims will come with a 720P 4.7-inch display and a 1080P 5.7-inch display in 2014.

The iPad 6 may feature a 9./7-inch display with a 30-40% higher ppi rating.

The iPad 6 may feature a 9./7-inch display with a 30-40% higher ppi rating.

The new iPad 6 display talk comes from Ming-Chi-Kuo, an analyst with KGI Securities who is responsible for sharing Apple’s secrets well ahead of product announcements.

In the latest note to investors, Kuo downplays rumors of 12 or 13-inch iPad with a report that claims Apple will boost the resolution of the current 9.7-inch screen found inside the iPad 4 and the upcoming iPad 5. In the report shared on MacRumors Kuo claims the iPad 6 will feature a screen with a 30-40% higher pixel density.

The iPad 4 uses a 9.7-inch display with a 2048 x 1536 which delivers a pixel density of 264 pixels per inch. An increase of 30-40% would boost this to 343 ppi to 369 ppi. Kuo doesn’t detail the exact resolution of the iPad 6 panel in his report. If the display size remains at the current size Apple would need to use a non-standard resolution to hit this ppi rating.

A 4k display on the iPad 6 would deliver a 454 ppi pixel density which is 70% increase. The WQXGA resolution of 2560 x 1600 is only a 17% boost in pixel density. Apple routinely uses rather unique resolutions on the iOS devices, so we could see something similar this time around.

Previous rumors pointed to a 12.9-inch iPad display with a 2732 x 2048 resolution. While Kuo suggests the larger screen will not happen for the iPad 6, this resolution would deliver a 352 ppi density on the 9.7-inch display Apple uses in the full size iPad. One possibility is that multiple rumors are crossing paths in Apple’s supply chain, resulting in mixed messages about a product that is still one generation out.

Apple is reportedly planning an iPad event for October 22nd where we should see the iPad 5 and the iPad mini 2. Apple is reportedly adding a Retina Display to the iPad mini 2 this time around.

Josh Smith is Editor of GottaBeMobile and Notebooks.com. He's always looking for ways to help you get the most of your gear and loves to talk about tech on radio and TV. Josh uses an iOS and Android devices as well as Mac and Windows Computers. Josh Smith on Google+ Email: [email protected]

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