Reports: iPad 3 Camera, Resolution, Chip System Confirmed
February 20, 2012 9:27 AM
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Apple's iPad 3 will sport a 2048x1536 display, A5X chip system and 8 MP camera
The upcoming iPad 3 has been a main topic for discussion recently after learning that Apple is set to present it
at an event during the first week of March
. While the rumor mill has been working overtime, a few reports were able to get hands-on with some actual iPad 3 parts, confirming recent speculations like higher resolution and an upgraded chip system.
The iPad 3 is expected to look very similar to the iPad 2, with the same 9.7-inch screen and shape. However, the iPad 3's higher resolution seems to be the hot topic related to the new device, setting it apart from its predecessor.
, which managed to get its hands on an actual iPad 3 display, the rumors regarding the resolution are indeed true. It will offer a 2048x1536 display, compared to the iPad and iPad 2's 1024x768 displays. By placing the displays of an iPad 2 and iPad 3 under a microscope,
was able to highlights clusters of 4 pixels from the iPad 2 and clusters of 16 pixels from the iPad 3.
was also able to obtain the iPad 3's logic board, which offered a pair of 16 GB flash memory chips from Hynix, an upgraded power management chip and an upgraded package on package system-on-a-chip.
With the iPad and iPhone carrying A4 chip systems and the iPad 2 and iPhone 4S carrying A5 chip systems, many expected the iPad 3 to obtain an upgraded A6. However, it has been discovered that the chip system for the iPad 3 is an upgraded chip called "A5X." Its data code shows that it was manufactured in November 2011.
In addition to a resolution and chip system upgrade, the iPad 3 will sport a camera with 8 megapixels, as rumored before.
, a Chinese publication, published photos of a complete iPad 3, which showed a device that resembles how reports have described it.
The iPad 3 will also have 4G LTE connectivity, and
run on Verizon and AT&T's LTE networks
. It's currently unknown if Sprint or T-Mobile will sell the new iPad. An 8-inch iPad is also in the making.
The iPad 3 will make its big debut during the first week of March in San Francisco, California.
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RE: Screen resolution
2/20/2012 11:12:15 PM
The reason there isn't a move to higher densities is because there is very little demand, yet there would be a substantial increase to performance requirements to maintain those densities, even on a 2D desktop. Portable devices are often held near your face, so they benefit greatly, though I personally believe 2k is a bit overkill and a battery drain for a device ipad's size.
I think the people who're really confused about the situation have no sense of perspective and base everything on their hobby of building computers. You increase the amount of pixels to be drawn exponentially. Doubling current standards would mean bumping up pixel count from 2 million to 8 million. Even your 6970 crossfire struggles with that kind of density in games, much less John Q's low end or integrated. So you add quite a substantial amount of stress (something like a 4 monitor eyefinity setup vs 1080p) on desktop, additional software scaling or expensive internal scalers for video, likely an overall increase to response times with more pixels to account for when running voltage, and higher prices per panel, all for the sake of "increased workspace", or warding off pixel edges if you're sitting a bit close.
It's really not worth it at all. I'd much rather have advancements to panel quality overall, like OLED, rather than upping density, at least until hardware standards increase and/or HEVC.
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