After doing some sleuthing in the iOS 5 beta SDK, the folks at 9to5Mac have discovered graphics for the next generation iPad that are 2X the size of the iPad’s current, 1024 x 768 resolution. These graphics are capable of fulfilling the requirement for Apple’s ‘Retina Display‘ that is currently used on the iPhone 4 and fourth generation iPod touch.

It was originally dismissed when 2X iPad graphics were discovered in the iOS 4 SDK, but 9to5Mac believes that this Retina Display-worthy resolution references the iPad 3’s screen.

“Today, we have iPad 2X graphics found in the Twitter frameworks portion of the iOS 5 SDK. These graphics were quickly dismissed by some as another Apple graphic designer thinking ahead due to rumors, but we think the opposite. See, iOS 5.0 is the first SDK to even support the 3rd generation iPad, as previously revealed, so it would make sense that some iPad 3 strings would be present.”

Several other pieces of evidence, including 2X graphics found in the iBooks app and the iOS 5 Newsstand app, reference a doubled resolution for the next generation iPad. 9to5Mac feels strongly that Apple is planning a 2048 x 1536 resolution for the iPad 3.

“Due the circumstances in which these new iPad 2X graphics were found, we feel that these icons are not just a coincidence or a designer thinking ahead, but rather a strong indication that the next iPad will feature a 2048 x 1536 Retina Display.”

It was originally thought that it would be too expensive for Apple to implement a Retina Display in the iPad, due to the larger screen real estate. Because the Retina Display is more expensive to manufacture than normal screens, it was believed that a Retina Display iPad would be too expensive for consumers. Perhaps Apple has found a way to offer a 2048 x 1536 iPad at the same price.

What do you think? A Retina Display on the iPad would certainly be welcomed. Let’s just hope that Apple can keep the same, competitive price point.

  • kokhean

    2048 x 1536 Retina Display?
    Then people would use the Retina iPad screen as a computer monitor!

    • thomasj

      not since it’s still 10 inch – -‘

  • David

    The iPad has never been priced competitive…

  • All i care is… When does the ipad 3 come out?
    I mean people say its later this year even though im sure apple wants to make as much money out of ipad2 as possible
    so is it coming out this year or next year??

  • Tony

    obviously next year.

    • Cristian

      How so? What makes it so obvious? The iPad announcement may come once a year, traditionally. But maybe they’ll change things. They moved the iPhone announcement.

      • Pete

        Yes, they moved the iPhone announcement – back:) Why would they want to release another new version of iPad so soon? That wouldn’t make much sense.

      • Cristian

        Well, there’s been so much competition and everything apple introduced in their iPad 2, has been added into the competitors tablets. I’m not saying apple will release the iPad 3 this year. I’m just saying there are some reasons why they would. But again maybe they won’t. It’s not like they aren’t dominating the tablet market.

  • XepptizZ

    It’ll be some time before Apple starts crapping their pants. No need to rush just yet. Although didn’t the ipad 2 get rushed ahead?

  • Juan

    this would be a huge leap forward for porn.

    • vik071

      Second that!