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Is This What Games Will Look Like on the Next iPad?

by Brandon Russell | March 4, 2012March 4, 2012 6:00 am PDT

iPad retina resolution comparison 1To prepare for Apple’s upcoming iPad, one developer has gone ahead and scaled his upcoming game, Food Run, with the tablet’s rumored high resolution (2048 x 1536) in mind. The difference in quality, quite frankly, is stunning.

While a Retina-like display hasn’t been confirmed – nothing has until we hear it directly from Apple – there hasn’t been a shortage of leaked information to suggest Apple’s next iPad iteration is getting the higher res treatment. From leaked parts, to “confirmations,” to name change speculation, it all seems to be adding up pretty convincingly.

So how does a 1024 x 768 screenshot look compared to the rumored 2048 x 1536? See for yourself. The difference is obvious, and looking at the iPad 2’s screen, which isn’t half bad, kind of makes my eyes sting after seeing the bump in resolution.

Kevin Ng, Food Run developer, explained the ramifications of a sharper screen. “Four times as many pixels means four times as much video memory, and much larger assets… With four times the pixels, the graphics card powering the iPad will need four times the fill-rate. That is, it will need to draw four times as many pixels per second.”

So can Apple pull it off? Of course it can. Ever since the company introduced the eye pleasing screen in its iPhone 4, many have pined over the same quality to hit the Cupertino-based company’s iPad line. Finally, it seems, fans will get their wish. We won’t know for sure, though, until March 7. For now, the 2048 x 1536 resolution sure looks purdy.

[via Cult of Mac]

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Brandon Russell

Brandon Russell enjoys writing about technology and entertainment. When he's not watching Back to the Future, you can find him on a hike or watching...

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