Microscope Examination Confirms iPad 3 Has a 2048×1536 Retina Display

Posted on February 18, 2012 by

Mac Rumors claims to have obtained an iPad 3 display, and after comparing it to one from an iPad 2 under a microscope, has determined that the iPad 3 display’s pixels are one-quarter the size of those on the iPad 2.

Since we only had a raw iPad 3 display with no method to power it, taking high quality photos of the pixels was difficult. Still, even with the relatively poor lighting, you can easily make out the pixels on each display (made up of red, green and blue elements). We highlighted a cluster of 4 pixels (2×2) from the iPad 2 to compare it to the same area on the iPad 3. On the iPad 3, the same cluster was occupied by 16 pixels (4×4) — exactly twice the resolution in each direction.

Extrapolating out, the iPad 3 screen should carry a full resolution of 2048×1536, exactly twice the linear resolution of the iPad 1 and iPad 2 which is 1024×768. Such a screen should be able to display much sharper images as compared to the previous generation iPads.

The iPad 3 is rumored to be announced on March 7, and besides having a 2048×1536 Retina display, it’s rumored to feature a quad-core A6 processor and LTE 4G technology. The iPad 3 is expected to look almost identical to the iPad 2.

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