After months of speculation, it appears that it has now been confirmed that Apple’s next tablet will feature a Retina display.

The confirmation comes from the folks over at MacRumors, who have just gotten their hands on one of the purported iPad 3 display panels that have been floating around China for the past few weeks…

After examining the component under a microscope, the site was able to verify that the pixels in the iPad 3 display are exactly one-quarter the size of those found in the screen of the iPad 2.

“Since we only had a raw iPad 3 display with no method to power it, taking high quality photos of 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.”

Excited? You should be. Along with a Retina display, the new iPad is also expected to feature a quad-core processor, high resolution cameras, and LTE support. Folks are anticipating Apple to unveil the tablet at a media event on March 7th.

  • Anonymous


  • Gonna stick with the iPad 2 on this one. I have a feeling the jailbreak for the iPad 3 will be near impossible with adding the quad-core

    • Anonymous


      • its also a lot easier to sell my iPhone when new versions come around and upgrade something thats $199 than something that $499. I am always for the next best thing but if the main features of the iPad 3 are Retina, Siri, and Quad-Core, than those are things i can live without until the iPad 4.

    • Having owned Jailbroken iPod Touch and 4 iPhones I have never felt the need to JB my iPad. Really don’t know why??

      • Anonymous

        Springtomize 2, SBSettings, RetinaPad, MyWi, Belfry, Activator, & Barrel to name a few. You must not really use your jailbreak do you?

      • For real tho! I have so many tweaks that I hate living without like most of the ones you mentioned. Every iDevice needs to be jailbroken, nuffsaid.

      • SaMe thing here dude, I had the iPad jail broken with 4.3.3 but since iOS 5 I feel like I don’t need to

      • Anonymous

        im with you, ipads its more for the apps and its HUGE MODA FOKA SPACE

    • Yeah, if i bought my iPad 2 a week ago, and just realized something better was just about to come out, id say something like that. You don’t even know it will be quad core.

      • Or i love having a jailbroken iPhone/iPad and i’m a Cydia developer. The major upgrade from the iPad 1 to iPad 2 was the form factor. That was the selling point for me, how thin it was. But the majority of the rumors have been that the iPad 3 will hold the same form as the iPad 2 and will mainly just have retina and a faster processor (maybe not Quad-Core but still faster.

        The time of waiting for the 4S/iPad 2 to be jailbroken since release was enough for me. I wouldn’t want to go through that again when the iPad 3 comes out. All i was saying is that even though i knew the iPad 3 would be coming out in March, i still chose to get the iPad 2 because it really is all that I need.

        Upgrading iPhones is a different story. That I will still do every year but i think with the price of the iPad, it would be smart to way every other year to get the most for your money.

      • Retina display is still a huge deal. That was the only thing holding me back from getting the iPad 2. I can’t stand to look at a non-retina phone.

  • Simply amazing. I don’t think some appreciate the difficulty in producing such a display.

  • I haven’t been too keen on the iPads, but this one may be my first purchase of a tablet.

    • Anonymous

      Same here. I waited until the iPhone 4 until getting an iPhone. The retina display and new form factor are what sold me. I might wait one more generation to get an iPad though. I would never get a first generation of any device.

      • Anonymous

        4 years later & the 16GB iPhone 2G is still going strong & capable… Battery is still mint too.

  • I don’t know what gpu apple gonna put in it to handle 3D graphics at that resolution.

    • Anonymous

      Thinking about the same. I guess retina an a “A6” would be the only hardware updates, anything else is going to increase the ipad price, possibly.

  • im def gonna cop this!

  • how many inch display? 7?

    • Anonymous

      It’s look like 10

    • Anonymous

      9.7″, same size as current iPad’s screen

      • i was hoping for smaller. the current size is a tad bit too large for my liking.

  • Anonymous

    yawn…we have been “confirming” this every week for the last year.

  • Anonymous

    Seriously, why do people think a retina display is what is needed? Is it just because Apple coined the term for a phone? From the distance you hold the iPad, you cannot truly see the difference, it doesn’t make colors pop, it may make text only slightly clearer.

    I only wish that the common consumer sheeple would’ve had this fire to get monitors to stay at 16:10 (1920×1200) and not letting them go to 16:9 (1920×1080), but HEAVEN BE DAMNED IF WE DON’T GET RETINA IN THE IPAD!!!!

    • Actually, I remember a lot of people wanting retina for the ipad as soon as the iphone 4 introduced it. Though I agree with you, there is no obvious reason to go retina. But drawing on the ipad in high res does open up a lot of freedom for the artists.

    • Anonymous

      Are you mad? Every single day I look at my iPad2 and wish it was higher resolution. The pixel structure is easily visible from normal viewing distance and nothing appears sharp. Just look at how “out of focus” the text below app icons looks!

      Imagine how sharp and clear iBooks will be at 204×1536. I think you’ll be eating your words when you first see one for yourself.

  • CANT WAIT!!!!

  • I hope it gets a new form factor too

  • I agree with the few posters here, there isn’t really a great need to Jailbreak the iPad. It honestly doesn’t add to much extra functionality that I couldn’t live without unjailbroken. iOS 6 is no doubt going to add a few extra things.

    Theming isn’t that important to me on an iPad, as it is on my iPhone.

    It still agree there is a market for jailbreaking your iPhone, but my iPad does everything I need it to already. If the new Quad Core processor allows me to get the programs I use daily like Photoshop, Illustrator, Indesign, After Effects, Final Cut etc working atleast in a low capability mode with limited features so I can easily work on the go without carrying my laptop, that along with the Retina display, for designers that would be an easy sell.

  • I’m definitely getting one…. Can’t wait to watch 1080p movie on it in bed 🙂
    And I don’t care about the jailbreak. Had jailbroken iPhone 4S for nearly three weeks, using my favorite apps and tweaks like lockscreen, sbsettings, activator, bitesms etc etc… And after three weeks, my iPhone started to crash more and more often, even with really not many tweaks and iS was getting a bit slow… It was like going back to iPhone 4. Anyway, decided to restore the device a live normal life without jailbreak again… And it is a big difference. Much smoother and no crashing anymore. Was using jailbreaks since iPhone 3GS and alway got rid of them after few weeks, months, because life is just easier without jailbreak 🙂 I think

  • Anonymous

    Well that’s gonna be ONE HELL OF A SCREEN!

  • I will buy an iPad 3 and iPad 2 for the cheaper price. One will be jailbroken and one will not be. Pretty simple. I have waited this long to buy one, I might as well get the iPad 3 and the cheaper iPad 2.

    • You better hurry upp and purchase an ipad 2 on firmware 5.0.1 ´cause Apple will probably bring the new update, and then you will have to wait quite a while for the jailbreak :/ Just sayin… 🙂

  • Will consider only if it magically supports Flash. Wake up apple, tablets are getting Win7 friendly now…

  • Will consider only if it magically supports Flash. Wake up apple, tablets are getting Win7 friendly now…

  • Great news!

  • Getting ready for the iPad 3 & I can’t wait! Just sold my iPad 2!