Double Resolution For iPad 2? Possible Retina Display?

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    [ame]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lLmBCKF06BM[/ame]​

    News is coming in now with an update to the iBooks app, which has images with x2 iPad 1st Gen resolution. The x2 have a resolution of 2048x1536, with the iPad currently having a resolution for 1024x768. Last year when the iPhone 4 was released with the Retina display, some thing was done with the apps, they doubled in size of pixels. Apps that do not support the Retina display, run a x2 size on the iPhone 4. This update to iBooks shows that Apple might be getting ready for the release of the iPad 2 and slowly adding image support to their non-stock apps. Could the iPad 2 still have a chance of getting a Retina display? At least we know that we'll have one nice looking display in this years refresh.
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    I hope so. That iPhone 4 screen is so sexy!
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    If the iPad 2 actually comes with a native screen resolution of 2048x1536 I'll eat my shoe.

    That would be ridiculous, way above 1080p on a 10" screen? Ever heard of complete overkill? You only have to destroy a zombie's brain to kill it, you don't have to dismember it, grind it up in a wood chipper, blend the leftovers, and feed it to wolves. There is only so much resolution the human eye can perceive at certain distances, and no one can perceive that much resolution from that distance. Besides there isn't even any video content to take advantage of that resolution available on iTunes or anywhere commercially.
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    Better have some tasty shoes handy just in case! lol

    I completely agree that would way more resolution than necessary. While I wouldn't put it past Apple to do something like this in the future, I totally don't see this occurring with the second generation iPad either.

    2048x1536 on a 9.7" screen would be rediculous and far beyond what is found on 17" MacBook pros with the HD antiglare displays, considering the pixel density needed for a screen nearly half the size of the mbp17.

    2560x1440 resolution is capable on the 27" iMac and Cinema Displays, but nearly 3 times the screen size. I'm not saying that this kind of resolution is impossible on a 9.7, but highly improbable for anything commercially released in 2011.

    I love the zombie analogy by the way!
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    The only reason I can see Apple doing something like this is to try and squash the competition that is looming right around the corner. Apple can be fairly aggressive when it comes to holding onto a lead in the market. I'm not sure about such a high resolution, but for some reason I think the iPad 2 will be more than just an incremental upgrade.

    If they do bump uo the resultion, does that mean we will have to start buying HD2x apps at 4x the price of the iPhone apps??
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    lol - good point!
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    1536 x 800, 4x resolution plausible

    iPad 2 Retina Display evidence mounts, this time a .png of wood is to blame -- Engadget
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    If they use this screen, it would be a miracle for them to keep the $499 price tag. I think the next closest thing in screen size would be the 1080p 13" Sony Vaio Z which is a $2000 laptop.
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    What kind of power would a screen like this use? And the price would have to increase at least a minimal amount right? Wouldn't it be much cheaper for them to keep the same resolution and just add a USB port to impress us users?

    The only reasons I dont see this being true is that its ridiculous and it doesn't leave much improvement room for Apple for the iPad3. Apple is gonna be fighting for the tablet market like crazy come 2012, and I can't imagine their big draw being a USB port on the iPad 3.
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    Reading blogs like Daring Fireball and Techcrunch this morning, the consensus seems to be that the new screen will be better but doubling very unlikely.
    Logical if you want apps to run smoothly like the iPhone/iPad transition, but battery and hardware demands make it very doubtful. Probably 1280x1024.

    Shame as I love the thought.
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    Also remember that the added resolution requires much more processor and graphics processing. So to take advantage of this insane resolution Apple would have to make the iPad MUCH more powerful.
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    Remember that is not double the resolution, that is four times the pixels. Sadly they processing power isn't ready for a tablet device. That resolution will not be coming this year.

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    Where do I get a crystal ball like the one that you're using?

    While I agree that it is improbable, it's impossible to know already what wil be or will not be coming this year.
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    nobody could have predicted the iPad's success and as such, now they have to top themselves, as well as the competition. Should be interesting to watch :)
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    One of the greatest things about the iPad is the tremendous battery life, to adequately run a display of this rez would require a processor upgrade (probably an A5), you can kiss your 10 hour battery span goodbye. While I think a better display is a great idea I also think that something this drastic while captivating will not show up in the new iPad, this would be a quantum leap from the current display and given Apples track record is something that would probably be "rolled"out over several generations of Pads if at all. Just my 2 cents.
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    I agree that they need to stay ahead but in this particular case, the screen resolution this post is talking about would be nothing more than bragging rights. Many full blown gaming PC's can't even run that resolution smoothly. It wouldn't even be utilised by the iPad due to the lack of processing power. I don't even think the 3rd Gen iPad will be able to run a full screen game smoothly at that resolution.
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    With that said, I actually hope Apple does pull it off, it will be an awesome device, but realistically, it won't happen.
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    I am betting the iPad 2 will have the exact same resolution that the current generation model has. I can see Apple going with a different panel if it offers better power consumption, viewing angle, brightness, etc. but not higher resolution. It all comes down to app development. All of the app writers already had to come up with new graphics to support the iPad as it is. I really don't see Apple asking those people to go back and do another rewrite one year later to support yet another screen resolution. Unless Apple has some really magical scaling hardware built into the new iPad to support the current apps I just don't see a new resolution being realistic at this point.
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    If the price doesn't increase this would be a killer feature for photographers.

    People are starting to mount iPads onto their cameras and I can tell you that for things like macros no one else would have a comeback.

    Also, for zooming this would be heaven for all the pixel peepers.

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