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Developer Makes Discovery that Hints at Super High-resolution iPad Displays


News Team
Jun 22, 2012
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When Apple announced the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus at a special event in September, it revealed new pixel-dense screens dubbed "Retina HD."

The new panels come in at 1,334-by-750 pixels at 326ppi for the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 and 1,920-by-1080 pixels at 401ppi for the 5.5-inch Plus. And recent hints seem to suggest that Apple wants to do the same thing for the upcoming new iPads.

iOS developer Hamza Sood discovered frameworks containing graphical assets labeled "3x~ipad," which seem to suggest the company is preparing to update its tablet lineup with high-resolution "Retina HD" displays.

The hidden graphical assets in iOS 8.1 beta 2 hint at 'Retina HD' iPads, as the developer believes the presence of the "3x" PNG files is hinting at that.

At the moment, the current iPad Air packs in a 9.7-inch Retina display with a resolution of 2048-by-1536 pixels at 264ppi, while the smaller iPad mini with Retina display carries the same resolution, but since it comes with a smaller 7.9-inch display, it has a bigger pixels per inch density of 326.

The current iPads are already unbelievable bright and colorful with a crisp display, so we wonder how will they look if Apple does decide to make use of the Retina HD panels?

Source: AppleInsider


iPF Novice
Oct 12, 2011
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Upstate, NY
Yeah, the current displays are top notch but I suppose there is always room for improvement. Although, the phrase "diminishing returns" comes to mind. The human eye can only see so well and then the rest of then resolution is wasted. Especially us forty-something's. :D

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