MacRumors: iPad 3 has 2048 x 1536 resolution retina display

18 February, 2012 - Paul Dixon
iPad 2 screen compared to alleged iPad 3 screen

Following months of speculation that Apple’s next-generation iPad will have a retina display, MacRumors claim to have proof that this will indeed be the case. Apparently they managed to get hold of one of the leaked screens created for the forthcoming device, and having inspected it under a microscope found it to have a 2048 x 1536 resolution.

From the MacRumors report:

“MacRumors has now been able to obtain one of these iPad 3 displays and examine it under a microscope in an effort to determine whether it is indeed an ultra-high resolution Retina display. Physically, the purported iPad 3 display is the same size as the current iPad 1 and iPad 2 display at 9.7” in diagonal, and looks quite similar to the naked eye.

However, when comparing the iPad 3 display to one from an iPad 2 under a microscope, the difference in resolutions becomes readily apparent, with the iPad 3 display’s pixels appearing to be one-quarter the size of those on the iPad 2.”

While it does seem likely that the iPad 3 will have a retina display, and I do want to believe that the component obtained by MacRumors is genuine, we won’t know for sure until the device is unveiled by Tim Cook and co.

With a purported unveiling date of the 7th of March, we shouldn’t have much longer to wait.

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Paul Dixon is the owner of Macsessed. He lives in Lancashire in the UK where he works as a web designer. You can find him on and Twitter.