Next Gen iPad Retina Display: Big Deal or Not

March 3, 2012, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

Here is Apple news again. Not a rumor, but some sense into the rumors. The next-gen iPad is due on March 7, and the grapevine is abuzz about its features, ranging from a better camera to a possible holographic display. Well, one of the most consistent one among the rumors spoke about a much hyped Retina display.

Almost every rumor insisted that the new iPad will come with a high-resolution Retina display and due to its high resolution, the whole device could be called as iPad HD. OK, we will leave out the guess work on the name here, but the point is what this all hype about a Retina display is.

We have found a very balanced, but deep analysis on the math behind the Retina display here. We won’t go into the tough maths, but will just share some interesting outcomes.

One thing is that Apple doesn’t create a term out of nowhere. To define it, they say Retina display’s pixel density is so high, (so that) your eye is unable to distinguish individual pixels.

However, this depends on the distance and angle in which the display is viewed. So the analysis has compared displays in different devices including those from Apple to find how close they are to a Retina display, as per the definition.

Interestingly, iPhone 4 and 4S have 105% closeness to the Retina display, as per definition.  The upcoming iPad, if it features a display of 2048x 1536 resolution, it will be 123% close to the Retina display definition. But in that way, devices like Asus Transformer Prime also tend to be closer to this with 105% closeness.

So the moral of the story is that, don’t just get washed away by the hypes. Retina displays do look better than usual ones, but if the next iPad comes exactly at the resolution rumored, it won’t be a big jump from iPad 2 or iPhone 4, or even Transformer Prime.

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