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What will Apple’s iPad 3 ‘retina display’ mean for you?


The rumors appear to be true. The next model Apple iPad 3 will have a ‘retina display’ display. MacRumors has their hands on what appears to be the iPad 3’s display component With four-times the pixels of the earlier iPad displays, the reputed iPad 3, screen with its 2048×1536 resolution, will have twice the resolution of the iPad 1 and iPad 2, which can only boast 1024×768 resolution. That’s all well and good, but what will it mean for you?

Dr. Raymond Soneira, president of DisplayMate, the world’s leading display and display tuning company, isn’t in the least bit surprised at Apple’s move. Soneira wrote: “The next generation iPad will quadruple the number of screen pixels with a resolution of 2048×1536.” This in turn, will indeed give the iPad 3 a Retina Display [because it] does not require the same pixels per inch (ppi) as the iPhone 4 Retina Display because it is typically held much further away from the eye, whose visual sharpness is based on angular resolution rather than linear ppi resolution. The iPad is typically held 15-18 inches away as opposed to the iPhone 4’s 12-15 inches. As a result, to meet the 300 ppi Retina Display specification made by Steve Jobs at WWDC for the iPhone 4, an iPad Retina Display would need only 240 ppi. So an iPad Retina Display could start anywhere above 1862×1397 pixels.”

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