Ipad3 - "Retina Display" Poll - 3 simple choices

Discussion in 'iPad' started by Piggie, Jun 2, 2011.


What do you think the iPad3 screen resolution will be?

  1. Same screen resolution as now - 1024 x 768

    18 vote(s)
  2. Double the current screen resolution - 2048 x 1536

    19 vote(s)
  3. It will probably be a bit higher, but not double

    23 vote(s)
  1. Piggie, Jun 2, 2011
    Last edited: Jun 2, 2011

    Piggie macrumors G3


    Feb 23, 2010
    Seems to be a mix of views here at the moment, so a very simple poll might clearly filter together our current feelings on what we think will happen for the next iPad.

    No point in making it over complicated, so just 3 simple selections to pick from.

    Note: This is not what you want, but what you think will probably happen, given the tech at the time and price point of the next model in March 2012

    1: Do you think iPad3 will have the same screen res as iPad 1 & 2 1024x768?

    2: Do you think iPad3 will have double the current screen res of 2048x1536?

    3: Do you think it might be some other screen res?
  2. rovex macrumors 65816

    Feb 22, 2011
    I definitely expect a much higher resolution retina like hopefully.

    OLED is a year or 2 early i feel. Retina preferably first IMO.
  3. Piggie thread starter macrumors G3


    Feb 23, 2010
    Oh yes, I think it would be very over optimistic to expect AMOLED screens as big as the iPad yet.
    I'm only talking about the screen resolution and if we are going to be going through all of 2012 and into the start of 2013 still on the same 1024x786 as the very 1st iPad.
  4. Piggie thread starter macrumors G3


    Feb 23, 2010
    I'm sure most people have, but just in case you missed this tech news.

    The links below may sway your feelings on this poll about what YOU think the iPad3 will offer screen wise.

    Here's a little article about the screen Samsung just unveiled to the press:


    And a little more speculation here:

    Finally one other opinion on this topic:
  5. rovex macrumors 65816

    Feb 22, 2011
    Funny how others in a similar thread i made said the technology wasn't there to be able to fit this resolution in a tablet. Going to have to eat their words now.
  6. jonhcox macrumors regular


    Apr 15, 2010
    North Carolina
    This is so hard to speculate about, but it's fun. Given Samsung's announcement I think it is entirely possible that a high resolution display will appear in the next iPad. I wonder if it will be made by Samsung? As far as the lawsuit goes- you can bet that though they may be suing each other, it is still business as usual. A high-res display would be immensely popular in an already popular product. It would sell, and that is why I think it'll be there.
  7. dc2062 macrumors newbie

    Jun 2, 2011
    I'm expecting a significant upgrade to display. If not I'll just wait for the iPad4 to upgrade. Not likely to abandon iPad for others though.
  8. poloponies Suspended

    May 3, 2010
    It's not even in a tablet yet, it's a prototype. And the issue isn't whether they can do it but whether they can do it at the right price. It's not only about the display but the graphics processing and battery life also. They all have to be considered in evaluating whether a nascent technology is ready for mass production in a $499 device. 3 things apple doesn't want to do in 2012:

    Raise the pricing structure.
    Decrease battery life.
    Increase weight.

    Only when those issues can be reconciled with a high-res display (and we have no idea if these can even be built in the necessary volume yet) will we see a high-res display in the iPad.
  9. Piggie thread starter macrumors G3


    Feb 23, 2010
    You are not considering one other possible option that's not been mentioned yet.
    They could launch iPad3 in normal and a more expensive iPadHD or iPad Pro version. I'm not saying they will, but they could, if they wanted to offer the much higher res, but could not do it for the current price point.
    They might think offering it as a more expensive option/upgrade would be better then not offering it at all.
    Personally I doubt they would, but they could.
  10. rovex macrumors 65816

    Feb 22, 2011
    People insisting on battery but don't really know what they are talking about again. look at the IPhone 4 having retina and yet its battery life is the longest of all previous versions.
  11. gdeputy macrumors 6502a


    Jul 23, 2008
    New York
    the iPad GPU will need to be SIGNIFICANTLY better to handle that kind of resolution.

    I'm not saying it's impossible but it'll be a task to push pixels like that and stay smooth.

    Remember the iPhone's retina display is still a 960x480 or something resolution.. it's less than the iPad 2. Double the iPad 2's resolution and all the sudden the GPU is suffering quite a bit.
  12. Piggie thread starter macrumors G3


    Feb 23, 2010
    Remember one thing. When the iPad does it's full screen smooth scrolling, the whole machine pretty much freezes during the scroll.

    I'm sure movies would be fine as they tend to scale easy
    Scrolling would be fine as the whole GPU will be dedicated to the scroll until the screen stops moving.
    Normal apps don't move much on screen so that's no problem.
    My only thoughts would be how would it handle games. that's the killer issue.
  13. rovex macrumors 65816

    Feb 22, 2011
    The iPad 1's single core GPU was running fine, and same with the iPad 2's dual core and with the likelihood we will be seeing quad core GPU in the iPad 3 I have faith that it will work fine.
  14. poloponies Suspended

    May 3, 2010
    So only you know that the battery life isn't an issue?

    You don't just scale up and call it a day. It may well be that battery tech advances to the point where by next year they can throw all the pieces together and not lose life from the current standard, but logic will tell you that if Apple did their damnedest to maximize battery life in the iPad 2 with current display technology then quadrupling the demand by switching to a higher-res display would reduce the battery life as we know it.
  15. Piggie thread starter macrumors G3


    Feb 23, 2010
    I'm not sure how much of an impact a higher res screen would have.
    I thought the biggest drain was the backlight, and the backlight is going to be exactly the same irrespective of the screen res. It's still got to light the whole panel even if it's 1 or 1 trillion pixels.

    The extra fine circuitry in the panel I can't see being anything much more anyway. It's just the GPU that will be the thing that draws more power to shift more pixels I'd say. Not the physical screen unit itself.

    The question is, with say 4 cores, finer tracks and perhaps some very custom circuitry specifically to drive a higher res, will the GPU eat the battery?
  16. rovex macrumors 65816

    Feb 22, 2011
    No, I know that you think it's a bigger issue than in reality.

    Improvements in rechargeable batteries are happening progressively year after year. More efficient CPU's and GPU's are becoming more prevalent. I see no reason why The battery life can't be the same even with a retina like display in 2012.
  17. interwebs macrumors member

    May 26, 2011
    2048x1536 is four times the screen resolution. I think the two main barriers will be supply chain and computational power. I would more expect to see a display of this resolution after displays of such resolution have gone into major production capacity at the relevant factories, and on the backend we may have to wait for Cortex-A15MP. So, maybe 2013. Obviously I could be wrong, but I'm not holding my breath for a "retina" display by iPad 3. It's conceivable, but it also seems rather plausible to think it isn't in the cards.
  18. poloponies Suspended

    May 3, 2010
    Reality, unfortunately, is something we all have to live with. Barring the prototype that Samsung rolled out last month there's nothing in production that even fits the "retina" definition. They optimistically hope to get it in place later this year but that's just their guess. History certainly teaches us that everything tech gets more efficient/smaller/cheaper over time. But there are timetables to contend with. Nobody is saying it's not possible, just that it is unlikely to show up next year given the current state of things.

    You're just saying "it should happen" and "no reason it can't." Well, my reasons are that there are just no strong indicators that it will be possible in a 8-9 month window.
  19. Piggie thread starter macrumors G3


    Feb 23, 2010
    Just to say, Thanks to all those who have voted on this poll so far.
    Interesting to see that the early lead of votes for a higher display on the next iPad seems now to be balancing out with those who think the screen will stay the same on the next model.

    If you have not voted with your opinion yet, please do. It's interesting just to see what people here think is going to happen on the next model, especially as there are many iPad1 owners skipping iPad2 and waiting for next years model instead.

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