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The iPad 2 resolution kerfuffle

The question of whether the iPad 2 will feature a 1024x768 resolution screen as it does now, or will it a Retina-esque 2048x1536 res screen instead is consuming the blogosphere, with some believing you won't see the higher-res screen until the iPad 3!

With the iPhone 4 introducing a massively improved screen over the previous iPhone 3GS, 3G and the so-called original 2G model, much blog space has been recently consumed over whether the next iPad will follow suit.

Kevin Rose of Digg-fame, known for occasional iDevice predictions, first prognosticated that the iPad 2 would have a higher-resolution screen, but suddenly, this has changed, with Mr Rose choosing to bloom the new prediction that there would now be no change in resolution.

Talk about having an each way bet on the situation! That said, the second prediction cancels out the first, but would an iPad 2 of the same current resolution smell as sweet?

Chances are it will, and things will be just fine, because 2048x1536 resolution screens aren't yet in massive supply, even though LG (which supplies the current iPad screens) is meant to have demonstrated a 2048x1536 screen already.

Still, if the iPad 2 doesn't get the higher resolution screen, the iPad 3 certainly is expected to.

It's not a hard prediction to make: CPU and GPU power is naturally expected to be much more powerful in a couple of years than it is today, although plenty still think a 2048x1536 screen is still due for the iPad 2 as it would be a killer feature that would vastly surpass any Android tablet competition.

The iPhone 4's resolution increase has been a fantastic development - indeed, it's one of the features that has seemingly had only bouquets rather than brickbats, unlike the iPhone 4's antenna, design, proximity sensor and Bluetooth sensitivity, but unless Apple can get the higher-res screens at the right price, the higher-res iPad 2 rumour will likely stay just that: a rumour.

We'll be very happy to see the rumour come true, and with even more rumours that an iPad 2 announcement is imminent to presage an expected April 2011 release, we won't have to wait too long to find out!

 

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