LG CEO confirms next iPad will have "Retina Display"

There have been a lot of rumors surrounding the next iteration of the iPad. One rumor that has been around since before the iPad 2 came out was that the next version of the device will have a resolution similar to that of the iPhone 4. Apple has dubbed its high resolution screen with the marketing term, “Retina Display”.

In a statement made by LG’s CEO, he inadvertently confirms that the upcoming iPad 2 HD (or iPad 3) will feature a “Retina Display”. The CEO states, via 9to5Mac.com;

He said more smartphone manufacturers will release new models employing LG’s “Retina Display’’ that has been used in iPhones and iPads.

It is rumored that Apple will announce the next iPad this fall, alongside the iPhone 5. It would be an interesting time to announce the new product, by Apple’s standards, as they typically only do a model refresh once per year. Also, to combine an iPhone and iPad event into one announcement is also breaking the mold for the company who traditionally will only announce one major product refresh at a time. Seeing as both the iPad and the iPhone are staple products for the company, traditionally, they have each had their own events.

Little else is known about the next iPad, besides the “Retina Display” rumors, not much else has been speculated at this point. If Apple only updates the display, the iPad 2 HD naming convention seems more likely than the iPad 3 branding.

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that has been used in iPhones and iPads.

See that verb there. That is called past tense. If he would have said something along the lines of "the next iPad will have retina display" i'd believe this article. Instead Neowin runs a story based on a slip of the tongue by LG's CEO. Hardly a confirmation.

Shadrack said,

See that verb there. That is called past tense. If he would have said something along the lines of "the next iPad will have retina display" i'd believe this article. Instead Neowin runs a story based on a slip of the tongue by LG's CEO. Hardly a confirmation.

I have to agree with this. This is by no means a confirmation.

I love my iPad 2 but the only issues i have with it is no-flash which is a granted, and the second one is the Display quality. After using the iPhone 4 for 7 months now, i'm pretty used to seeing clear retina text on it. Then i got my iPad 2 last month and the text seemed a bit hazy, its display felt like iPhone 3GS's display..

Brandon said,

+1.
I could see 1366x768, but not anything higher

-1 you are holding it wrong clearly ....

(on a side note, resolution is one aspect, they should focus on adding better guts to the machine ... though I am no egineer)

warwagon said,
So what's wrong with the screen of the current iPad?
You mean they should release iPad 2 again, as iPad 3. Don't things keep getting better and better?
Not that something's wrong with it, but it sure can get better.

zeta_immersion said,

(on a side note, resolution is one aspect, they should focus on adding better guts to the machine ...

And a real operating system so it can run real applications and competitive hardware for the price, etc. etc.

excalpius said,

And a real operating system so it can run real applications and competitive hardware for the price, etc. etc.

Considering that the majority of other similar tablets (based on Android and WebOS) are MORE expensive than the iPad and have lower specs, how exactly is it not competitively priced?

Not to mention that the iPhone 4 *IS* a retina display.. So this is hardly "new".

Also I think he did mean iPod

fehu said,
resolution or pixel density?

They can mean the same thing:

"b : a measure of the sharpness of an image or of the fineness with which a device (as a video display, printer, or scanner) can produce or record such an image usually expressed as the total number or density of pixels in the image <a resolution of 1200 dots per inch>"

http://www.merriam-webster.com...ion?show=0&t=1311356148

I doubt that the iPad will get the same ppi as the iPhone 4. They will most likely double the existing ppi for a screen that's 2048x1536.

Stetson said,

They can mean the same thing:

"b : a measure of the sharpness of an image or of the fineness with which a device (as a video display, printer, or scanner) can produce or record such an image usually expressed as the total number or density of pixels in the image <a resolution of 1200 dots per inch>"

http://www.merriam-webster.com...ion?show=0&t=1311356148

I doubt that the iPad will get the same ppi as the iPhone 4. They will most likely double the existing ppi for a screen that's 2048x1536.

wtf, whoever wrote Merriam Webster's definition needs to be a little more precise with their definition of resolution.

When dealing with LCD panels (iPad), Resolution is simply the number of xPixels by yPixels in panel, pixel density is determined by an individual pixel's size. DPI (dots OR Pixels per inch) is just a unit of measurement used to describe pixel density. Therefore, pixel density and resolution cannot be the same thing.

Source: I'm a Graphic Designer.

I'm thinking that he was misquoted, and likely meant "iPhones and iPods", not iPads. At the size of the iPad screen, what would the resolution have to be to meet "Retina" criteria?

roadwarrior said,
I'm thinking that he was misquoted, and likely meant "iPhones and iPods", not iPads.

This.


I do think that the next iPad will be marketed as having a "Retina Display" which will actually be 2048x1536, or around 260ppi. Since you tend to hold an iPad farther away they might still try to use the "retina" branding.

roadwarrior said,
I'm thinking that he was misquoted, and likely meant "iPhones and iPods", not iPads. At the size of the iPad screen, what would the resolution have to be to meet "Retina" criteria?

2530 x 1898 for same PPI as iPhone 4.

For development sake (App compatibility) they'd probably aim to double the resolution (As they did with iPhone / iPod Touch 4 compared with the prior generation), though most think the performance / battery demands make that unlikely (Course, with a better processor and battery, why not?). Considering that tablets usually wouldn't be held as close to the eye as a smartphone though they needn't go overboard on the resolution increase to achieve the same effect either.

thommcg said,

2530 x 1898 for same PPI as iPhone 4.

For development sake (App compatibility) they'd probably aim to double the resolution (As they did with iPhone / iPod Touch 4 compared with the prior generation), though most think the performance / battery demands make that unlikely (Course, with a better processor and battery, why not?). Considering that tablets usually wouldn't be held as close to the eye as a smartphone though they needn't go overboard on the resolution increase to achieve the same effect either.

Performance isn't that much of an issue considering the power in the iPad 2 is rarely used at maximum. Your average 3D iPad game requires far more power than drawing text on a screen, even on a Retina display.