Media Report Adds to Speculation About iPad 2 Display


In an article published Thursday, popular Taiwanese technology news website Digitimes has reported that the new iPad 2 will sport a greatly enhanced screen resolution of 2048 by 1536 compared to a resolution of 1024 by 768 in the current iPad. Digitimes claims to have received this information from upstream component makers involved in the manufacturing of the iPad 2.

The Digitimes article also sites previous media reports which claim that the “@2x” icons found in the iBooks app indicate that the iPad 2 will have a screen resolution of 1536 by 800; double the current application’s resolution of 768 by 400. The report adds that the high-end resolution will help application developers design apps which will run in all Apple devices including the iMac.

The Digitimes report states that Apple has the capacity to ship over 40 million iPads in 2011 with about 1.6-1.8 million devices being ordered in the month of January alone. Initial demand for the iPad 2 is expected to be between 400000 and 600000 units.

In contrast to the Digitimes report, another recent media report claims that no substantial upgrade of the digital display is expected in the iPad 2. In a blog entry posted this Wednesday on the Daring Fireball, Apple enthusiast and writer, John Gruber dismissed speculation about the rumored “Retina Display” in the iPad 2 as “too good to be true.”

Gruber added that the next installment of the iPad will feature more RAM, a faster processor and better graphics but with the same screen resolution. A recent AppleInsider report states that the Apple iPad 2 will come with a faster dual-core SGX543 graphics processing unit (GPU) which will significantly enhance the iPad 2’s graphics performance.

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