Way back in December, rumors of the iPad 2 sporting a retina display flowed like honey. It turned out that the iPad 2 actually wasn’t going to feature a retina display, and despite their certainty and frequency, the rumors turned out to be false.
Now, they’re back.
The rumors are starting anew for the iPad 3, and the big rumor of the day is that (drum roll please) it will feature a retina display with 2048 x 1536 resolution. That’s twice the pixel density as the iPad 2, and would mean exceptionally clear and defined images.
The Retina Display Explained
The retina display is thusly named because, according to Apple, it offers the highest possible clarity a human eye can register. At 300 ppi (pixels-per-inch), a display is as detailed as it can be without simply being overkill.
Apple’s iPhone 4 currently sports a retina display, with 960 x 460 resolution and 326 ppi. The first two iterations of the iPad have displays with 1024 x 768 resolutions, and 132 ppi.
The aptly named MacRumors perpetuated the talk of the iPad 3 and its potential retina display after reporting on clues found in the software development kit (SDK) for the Twitter app in iOS 5. Certain images and icons in the app were found to be twice the size necessary if they were to be featured on the current iPad.
This has led to the suppositions that the iPad 3 will have a retina display, and that it will also launch in concert with iOS 5, which is planned to arrive this fall. TabletPCReview will continue to cover this story and attempt to find out if it has any substance, or if it’s just the work of idle media outlets.