Images in iOS 5 framework leak iPad 3 Retina Display

Images in iOS 5 framework leak iPad 3 Retina Display

Summary: Good news for the resolution-obsessed comes from new high-resolution (1536 x 2048) images that were discovered in a Twitter .framework in the new iOS 5 SDK. iPad 3 is getting a Retina Display.

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A lot of people were disappointed when the iPad 2 didn't ship with a Retina Display, but it probably didn't make the cut because panels that dense simply weren't available in enough quantity in the months leading up to the iPad 2's debut in March 2011.

Good news for the resolution-obsessed: a TechUnwrapped tip that new high-resolution (1536 x 2048) images that were discovered in a Twitter .framework in the iOS 5 SDK.

You'll remember that pixel-doubled bookmark graphics (below) were discovered in Apple’s iBooks app back in January 2011. The double-sized graphics hinted that Apple might use the same pixel-doubling strategy it used for the iPhone 4 with the next-gen iPad -- making it a 2048 x 1536 device.

If the iPad 3 indeed ships with a 2048 x 1536 panel — double the amount of horizontal and vertical pixels of the iPad and iPad 2 — that would put it just behind the 27-inch iMac and 27-inch LED Cinema Display and as the third-highest resolution Apple device.

Here's the breakdown:

  • 27-inch LED Cinema Display (2560 x 1440)
  • 27-inch iMac (2560 x 1440)
  • iPad 3 (est. 2048 x 1536)
  • 24-inch iMac (1920 by 1080)
  • 17-inch MacBook Pro (1920 x 1200)
  • 15-inch MacBook Pro, high-res (1680 x 1050)

I'm really looking forward to seeing what's possible with a Retina Display in an iPad. And if the iPhone 4 is any indication it might mean the end of my print subscriptions, for good.

The big question: When will the iPad 3 be released?

History would suggest that iPad would drop in either March or April of 2012, but some have suggested that the iPad 3 could be fast-tracked and launch "in the Fall" with iOS 5 (and presumably the iPhone 5). However this would directly contradict Apple declaring 2011 the "Year of iPad 2."

Tip: MacRumors

Topics: iPad, Mobility

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  • RE: Images in iOS 5 framework leak iPad 3 Retina Display

    Now thats interesting.
    Ram U
  • RE: Images in iOS 5 framework leak iPad 3 Retina Display

    It is high resolution, but would it still be a retina display? At the estimated resolution, that would only be ~264 ppi compared to iPhone 4's ~330 ppi.
    cocomonk22@...
    • RE: Images in iOS 5 framework leak iPad 3 Retina Display

      @cocomonk22@...
      Close enough for me.
      gtdworak
      • It will be 'Retina' since viewing distance to tablet is 14-15 inches, ...

        @gtdworak: ... comparing to 10 inches for smartphone.<br><br>This difference in distance makes 265 dpi from iPad 3 exactly the same optical quality as 326 dpi from iPhone 4 (iPod Touch) gives -- id est Retina-class experience.
        DDERSSS
    • RE: Images in iOS 5 framework leak iPad 3 Retina Display

      @cocomonk22@... retina is a gimmick anyway, anything over 240 has a declining level of return for the human eye and anything over 300 is almost impossible to distinguish in modest screen sizes which means 326 ppi for a small phone screen or even a tablet is nothing more than marketing hype.
      slickjim
      • Retina is not 'gimmick'; 20/20 vision parameters are used to define whether

        @Peter Perry: certain display on certain distance can be called Retina-class or not.<br><br>The name, formally, is incorrect: retina itself has higher resolution. But real quality of vision also depends on processing the brain, which lowers actually perceived resolution to that of like 300 dpi from 12" viewing distance (or for a tablet, it will be like 250 dpi from 15" distance).
        DDERSSS
      • nothing

        @Peter Perry
        dospassos
  • RE: Images in iOS 5 framework leak iPad 3 Retina Display

    Marketing gimmick? In fact I think you confuse what greater ppi means. Ray Soneira begs to differ..
    ?Soneira, who possesses a Ph.D. in theoretical physics from Princeton and has been studying displays for 20 years, said it was inaccurate to measure the resolution of the eye in terms of pixels, because the eye actually has an angular resolution of 50 cycles per degree. Therefore, if we were to compare the resolution limit of the eye with pixels on a screen, we must convert angular resolution to linear resolution. After conversions are made, a more accurate ?retina display? would have a pixel resolution of 477 pixels per inch at 12 inches, Soneira calculated.

    He noted, however, that he was confident Apple will have the best phone display on the market. Like the iPad?s LCD display, the iPhone 4?s screen features In-Plane Switching technology, in which crystal molecules are oriented so their motion is parallel to the panel rather than perpendicular. For viewers, the result is a very wide viewing angle ? up to 180 degrees ? with brilliant color. Soneria added that we might not realistically need anything better than 326 ppi.

    For comparison, glossy magazines are typically printed at 300 dots per inch.?
    foulkes52
    • 477 dpi at 12 inches is only for actual retina itself (when sizes of ...

      @foulkes52: ... cells and their density is used). However, actual vision has nothing to do with that figure since brain has to process the image. It can not distinguish any more pixels than 300 at 12 inches distance. So Apple has very accurate "Vision display" ("Retina" is formally inaccurate, though, indeed; Soneira is right about that).
      DDERSSS
      • RE: Images in iOS 5 framework leak iPad 3 Retina Display

        @DeRSSS<br><br>The term "retina display" is a trade name. It does NOT imply that it is an actual retina. As such, there is nothing inaccurate about it.
        You might as well complain that the iPad display can not be used for visual input, or that the eye does not emit light.<br>And FTR, other animals besides humans have retinas, and many are below the linear resolution of a GameBoy.
        DeusXMachina
    • RE: Images in iOS 5 framework leak iPad 3 Retina Display

      @foulkes52

      One discrepancy. The IPS displays in an iPad 2 are SAMSUNG's. Samsung is using them in a tablet with 50% greater resolution than the Ipad 2. By his own criteria, Samsung has the better display.
      tkejlboom
  • Excuse me not the 3rd highest resolution

    My 30" cinema display has a resolution of 2560 x 1600. Seems to me that that would top the Apple list for Hi Rez
    bws605
  • RE: Images in iOS 5 framework leak iPad 3 Retina Display

    This is probably slightly OFF SUBJECT , ( speaking as a Layman ) but I'm fascinated to know ...how we humans / scientists / veterenarians / animal experts Etc actually KNOW if our perception of non Human eyesight Info ( capability ) is as we claim ... I.e. color or b&W and resolution Etc... how is that confirmed ? ? ? Biologicaly / extrapolated / dissection ?
    cadwin@...
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  • RE: Images in iOS 5 framework leak iPad 3 Retina Display

    I think Steve Jobs and his co-workers can release the best resolution screen for iPad...but...but they don't. why? it's marketing guys :) First you need to buy iPad with lower resolution, then you will be notified that there is better one..and you'll but it... it's a strange world guys. Corporations like Apple manipulate our minds.

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  • RE: Images in iOS 5 framework leak iPad 3 Retina Display

    It can not distinguish any more pixels than 300 at 12 inches distance. So Apple has very accurate "Vision display" ("Retina" is formally inaccurate, though, indeed; Soneira is right about that). <a href="http://e-apostas.info">apostas desportivas</a>
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