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iFixit Gets its Hands on the iPad 3’s 2048 × 1536 Retina Display [Video]

by Killian Bell | February 24, 2012February 24, 2012 5:00 am PDT

Thanks to Apple’s secrecy, it’s hard to establish exactly what its future products have in store. But one thing we’re pretty confident about is that its upcoming iPad 3 will finally get that much-anticipated Retina Display.

MacRumors first got its hands on one of the new panels earlier this month, and they sent it over to the teardown specialists at iFixit to take a look. Unfortunately, the new panel could not be hooked up to an iPad 2 because if features a different connector. But it was examined under a microscope and iFixit have confirmed — as you’ll see in the video above — that the display boasts a resolution of 2048 x 1536.

iPad 2 vs. iPad 3 display connector

iPad 2 display connector (left) versus iPad 3 display connector

That’s twice the linear resolution of both the original iPad and the iPad 2, which both feature 1024 x 768 displays, and even higher than a full high-definition 1080p Blu-ray film. That’s pretty incredible when you consider this display is for a tablet.

While the screen wasn’t sourced directly from Apple, it is labeled as an OEM replacement part, according to MacRumors, who are confident it is indeed for the next iPad:

The difficulties of any 3rd party in mass producing 2048×1536 9.7″ Retina displays make us quite confident that these represent legitimate iPad 3 parts.

Along with this new high-resolution display, the iPad 3 is expected to feature a faster processor, much-improved cameras, and possibly even LTE connectivity. Recent reports have claimed that the device will get its grand unveiling on March 7.

Are you looking forward to a high-resolution iPad?

[via MacRumors]


Killian Bell

Killian Bell is a 20-something technology journalist based in a tiny town in England. He has an obsession with that little company in Cupertino...

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