Even before the release of the iPad 2 there were rumors circulating of an iPad 3 not only potentially being released this year, but that it would also feature a retina display like the iPhone 4 and iPod Touch 4. The evidence for this was that there were larger images discovered in several iPad apps that had dimensions measuring 1536 x 2048, well above the current screen size of 768 x 1024.
For those who may be unfamiliar with the retina display theory, it was Apple’s suggestion that the screen would actually produce more pixels for the given space than the human eye could comprehend. While there have been some arguments if this explanation is true or not, it was easy to see the bump up in clarity on the smaller iOS devices, but achieving this with an iPad-sized screen would be trickier as people use them at so many different distances from their eyes. With companies such as Samsung kicking out screens with resolutions in the range of 2560 x 1600, however, Apple is going to have to up the pixel count just to stay competitive.
To that end, rumors have once again surfaced of images being found in the 1536 x 2048 range. A tipster alerted TechUnwrapped that he had found images for both 768 x 1024 and 1536 x 2048 in the Twitter portion of the new iOS SDK (Software Development Kit). While this certainly is not concrete proof to a higher resolution iPad screen, nor that the iPad 3 could potentially launch this year, it is certainly curious that images in this size range would exist if they weren’t intended for future use. Do the folks at Twitter know something we don’t? Are they possibly just hedging their bets as they had also heard the rumors? Who knows.
The higher resolution screen on the iPad 3 – whether or not they will call it “retina display” is debatable – seems like a definite feature for the future tablet. If it will be released in late 2011 or some time in 2012 is still very much a question.
What do you think? Why do you think the higher resolution images are lurking in the Twitter framework?