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iPad 3 to Have Retina Display Based on Microscope Image Tests

by on February 17th, 2012

The iPad 3 has long been rumoured to sport the high resolution Retina Display, and now it appears that may have been confirmed based on some tests conducted by MacRumors. They got their hands on a purported iPad 3 panel and compared it to to images of an iPad 2 panel under a microscope. The results? Clear evidence of an exact doubling of the iPad 2 panel from the purported iPad 3 display:

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

According to the images, it seems all but inevitable we will see a Retina Display on the iPad 3, something we have expected for a while. The real confirmation will come on March 7, the rumoured date of Apple’s iPad 3 media event.

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