Apple iPad 2 vs. iPad 3 Display Resolution Compared (Retina Rocks)

The iPad 3 will likely feature a 2048 x 1536 Retina display. That's twice the resolution of the current model. Also expect an A6 chip, and 4G LTE connectivity as I previously reported. We should see the Apple iPad 3 announced March 7.

iPad 3 News

iPad 3 News

Although it’s not “official” as some are reporting (how can it be “official” until Apple announces it, or we actually see it first hand?), it’s pretty certain that the iPad 3 will feature a high resolution, 2048 x 1536 Retina display. This means twice as many pixels as the current model. Everything we know leads us to believe the display will retain its 9.7-inch size, though there’s a strong possibility Apple will also launch a “mini” iPad of some kind.

The result?

More detail in photos. Text will be cleaner, sharper – this will especially benefit e-reading on the iPad. Games, and zooming will have more detail. You’ll be able to fit more on the screen which will be a plus for web surfing.

The only down side we can think of is the potential strain on CPU, and a hit on battery life. If Apple’s track record is any indication, we won’t need to worry about that.

MacRumors posted a 2×2 pixel comparison of a close-up of the iPad 2 and iPad 3 resolution (see above).

According to MacRumors:

… under a microscope, the difference in resolutions becomes readily apparent, with the iPad 3 display’s pixels appearing to be one-quarter the size of those on the iPad 2.

If you think the iPad 2 is just fine, good enough, you’re in for what many are referring to as a “blow away” experience. Remember the first time you laid eyes on the iPhone 4? Woah! Right, and you thought the iPhone 3 was whistling dixie huh?

Also expect an A6 chip, and 4G LTE connectivity as I previously reported. We should see the Apple iPad 3 announced March 7.

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  • Scott

    I’m not a math expert, but I’m pretty sure  2048 x 1536 = 3,145,728 pixels which is 4 times as many pixels as the iPad2’s current resolution (1024-x 768= 786,432 pixels) resolution…