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Apple iPad 3 may have 2048×1536 high-res screen

Retina display rumoured to appear on Apple iPad 3

Apple iPad 2 review

The Apple iPad 2 – with 1024×768 screen

Uncovered computer code has suggested that the next version of the Apple iPad, the iPad 3, could have a a screen resolution of 2048×1536. This vastly exceeds the 1024×768 screen resolution of the Apple iPad 2.

Such a high resolution screen could eventually herald much improved clarity and overall picture quality on the iPad.

Developers discovered this computer code relating to an image contained within a pre-release version of iOS 5 – Apple’s new operating system for mobile devices such as iPhones and iPads.

iOS 5 will be available in the Autumn, with the iPad 3 rumoured to follow shortly after.

Retina Display

The Retina Display is Apple’s name for the screen on its iPhone 4 and iPod Touch. This is because, according to Apple, 300 pixels per inch at a distance of 12 inches from the eye is the maximum amount of detail that the retina can detect. Both the iPhone 4 and latest iPod Touch exceed this. The iPad 2 falls short of this standard, but we look forward to launch of the Apple iPad 3, and whether any resolution claims are backed up by performance in our full lab tests.

Check out the results of our tests of over 25 tablets.

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