In Monday’s report from Digitimes, it seems that Apple is going to finally bring the Retina Display with a updated LED backlight design to the next gen iPad. Digitimes quotes that that the new resolution would be more than 2048×1536 pixels.

The present iPad 2 has 1024×768 resolution. Apple, with the iPad introduced a large 9.7 inch display, and improved the design wit the iPad 2. However, the iPad failed to see the Retina Display that the iPhone and iPod touch feature. The Retina Display has LED backlighting with ambient light sensor for automatically adjusting the screen’s brightness to offer best viewing at a longer battery life. Therefore, the current iPad 2’s LED light bar needs improvement else brightness levels required in retina display would not be sustained.

iPad 3

Some Taiwanese manufacturers suggest keeping the light bar in a single bar-form factor, having two LED chips in it. However, Apple favours going for dual light bars. Problem concerning mass production of the Retina Displays, which earlier reports suggested, seems to have been resolved too.


The Retina Display first came in the iPhone 4 and was greatly rated by users, for viewing photos. If iPad 3 is provided with the same pixel density, it can become very useful for professionals like pilots, who till-date have not used iPads in route charts, for the complexities involved. Doctors have also starting using iPads for viewing medical images. Larger screen devices were launched by Android but higher resolution on screens, through Retina Display, was brought in by Apple.

There are currently two options that Apple has for the iPad displays, a single bar display with dual LED chips inside or another with dual-LED light bars. Speculation of the two options on a future iPad 3 suggest that Apple will likely go with the dual-LED light bars, after having solved prior issues with heat dissipation and battery consumption.

Apple’s iPad 3 is expected to be released March 2012, but has also been rumored to retain the same design as the iPad 2 with upgraded internals, similar to the iPhone 4S. The iOS has covered all necessary ground work required for supporting Retina Display on iPad. It is, therefore, expected that users will not face any problems on this part.