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iPad 3 Will Have Retina Display According To Replacement Screen



It seems like we already know almost everything about the iPad 3 before Apple has even announced the tablet. We’ve heard and seen so much about the rumored Retina Display on the next iPad that it already seemed confirmed. Now MacRumors claims to have confirmed that the next iPad’s screen will definitely  be a Retina Display.

The claims come from a display that should be inside the next iPad. It’s a 9.7-inch display with the same dimensions as the iPad 2 screen, but it has four times as many pixels. This display has a resolution of 2048×1536, which is quadruple the 1024×768 screen in previous iPads.

iPad 3 pixel comparison

Even without any way of powering the screen, photos show that the display has far more pixels than the iPad 2 screen.

A display with that resolution would make it incredibly difficult to see individual pixels at a distance. Holding it in your lap or on a table as you would with an iPad it would look just as good as the iPhone 4/4S screen does. The screen could almost look like a really bright, backlit piece of paper because you see no pixels at all.

MacRumors bought the display from TrueSupplier a “mobile phone accessories wholesaler,” so there is a chance that it’s “OEM iPad 3 LCD Screen Replacement” isn’t exactly real, but it does match up to other parts we’ve seen recently. All evidence points to this display being the real display that we’ll see in the iPad 3.

If it is, expect this iPad to be a huge leap from the iPad 2. Also expect to have almost any other screen in your life suddenly seem terrible by comparison.



  1. lingling444

    02/17/2012 at 4:03 pm

  2. Stocklone

    02/17/2012 at 10:46 pm

    iPhone 4: 329 dpi. Galaxy Nexus: 315 dpi, iPad 3: 265 dpi. Several Next Gen Android Tablets: 224 dpi.  Two points: First, if it doesn’t even approach 300, how can you call it Retina? And second, I don’t see if being a huge difference from what will be available on Android this year. Personally, I’m hoping Samsung can put out a HD AMOLED display without pentile on a 10″ tablet this year.  That would look absolutely stunning.

  3. John S. Wilson

    02/17/2012 at 10:53 pm

    First, it can be called retina because you don’t hold a tablet at the same distance you hold a phone. Second, I highly doubt any Android manufacturer will be releasing a screen with a similar resolution. What would be the point? It’s already hard for them to make money selling tablets. Why would they shrink their margin even more?

    • yeahright

      02/18/2012 at 9:13 am

      There will be Android tablets coming out with these similar resolutions you speak of.  Android is growing and it doesn’t matter that you don’t like that fact.  Be happy with your idevice and let others be happy with their devices, whether you like or approve of their devices or not.

    • Stocklone

      02/18/2012 at 10:06 am

      1920×1200.  3 companies already announced it. I did some research and some math: to get the same arcseconds/pixel as the iPhone 4 you would hold the iPad 3 14.7″ from your face and the new Android 10.1″ tablets 17.5″ from your face.  I don’t think either one is going to have a significant advantage over the other in terms of clarity. They both will look very nice in that regards. Much like how this generation went with many reviews saying the higher end Android tablets matched the screen of the iPad 2.

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