Apple iPad 2 Screen Resolution Stays The Same – Reasons Why

 

By Posted 4 Mar 2011, 01:07

In the build up to the hotly anticipated iPad 2 announcement, there were hundreds of rumors flying around about what features were to be expected, even leaks of the new device surfaced which led to more speculation.

One such leak was the apparent image of the iPad 2 screen. The rumors circulating this feature were mainly that the screen would be thinner, which indeed it is but also that the resolution would not be changed, again they got this correct.

At the Apple event where the iPad 2 was announced, Steve Jobs revealed that the next-gen tablet has the exact same 1024 x 768 pixel count as the original iPad, even though it is 33% thinner. According to PCMag, the reasons behind the lack of resolution upgrade are simple.

As they say in their report if you look at the history of Apple’s new iPhone release displays, you will notice that for the first three versions of the device the resolution remained the same 480 x 320 pixels. That was before finally giving the upgrade to the iPhone 4.

The interesting thing to note about this bump up was how significant it was, making it 960 x 640 pixels, literally doubled the resolution. Which is why PCMag argue that if this was to happen similarly on the iPad 2 it would have presented a problem as the resolution would have become 2048 x 1536, even more pixels than needed to run full HD.

You can find out more reasons why PCMag think the upgrade didn’t happen by clicking the link above. What do you think to the reasons? Do you think the iPad 2 should have got a screen resolution bump up? Let us know your thoughts below.

  • Manuel

    The resolution for the iphone actually quadruped.. each of the values doubled, but th pixel count is effected on both axis. it is unlikely that they would try for that kind of pixel density on the new i pad because it is unreasonable.

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