Screen and Camera Resolution of iPad 2

Discussion in 'iPad' started by Dwalls90, Jan 21, 2011.

  1. Dwalls90, Jan 21, 2011
    Last edited: Jan 21, 2011

    Dwalls90 macrumors 601


    Feb 5, 2009
    Let's think logically here regarding theories on these two features.


    There are only references to ONE Camera (to date) in the beta software for iPad 2. Seeing as iPad 2 will most certainly have FaceTime, as it is the new feature of 2010-2011 Apple has been pushing on all of their products across the board, logically the only camera MUST be a front facing camera on the same side as the screen. These 1MP resolution references are surely to the front facing, FaceTime camera. It would make NO sense to only have 1 camera, that does not face the user, with a low resolution, when Apple could EASILY fit a 5MP or higher camera in the iPad 1 or 2. Ignore the nomenclature of the files, Apple labeling a lens as "Front" or "Rear" in the files is not that big of a deal when you consider they intentionally mess with things to prevent product detail leaks, and it's inconsistent with logic and their past product trends.


    Theory 1 (What I think will happen): XGA (Current Resolution)

    It also follows that, in combination with the most recent rumors, that iPad 2 will also have the XGA, "0.79MP", 1024×768 - not the "retina" display that was initially thought to be possibly used, but now is being refuted. If the iPad 2 were to have a the "Retina" resolution some have rumored, then the camera would require the specs of, "QXG", 3.15MP for the 2048×1536 resolution to compensate for this retina, as oppose to the 1MP camera in the files. In addition, a retina iPad display would be VERY costly, more than the average desktop/laptop display.

    Theory 2: QXGA (Retina Resolution)

    Like the iPhone 4/iTouch G4, with it's retina resolution, it's paired with a VGA FaceTime camera that is only able to output at half of it's pixels (640x480 camera for 960x640 display). That said, even with a 1MP FaceTime camera, it's possible we'll still see a retina iPad 2 display.. That means a 2048×1536 screen, paired with an SXGA 1280×1024 (~1.3MP, which is known as 1MP commericially), means a screen that's 2.4x "larger" than the screen. It may appear slightly more blurry due to it being a 2.4x difference instead of 2x like on the iPhone 4/iTouch and because it's a larger screen size wise. They might be able to fight the expensive cost by purchasing in large quantities (like recent articles have noted they're spending TONS of cash on pre-purchasing large quantities of screens for 2011+)

    Costs, simplicity and past trends taken into consideration, I feel that the camera is a Facetime, Front-Facing 1MP Camera. At this point, the resolution could go either way, but it would be retina if Apple is to keep their standard of "HD" screens across the board, if they can fight costs.

    Thoughts and input!?
  2. hcho3 macrumors 68030

    May 13, 2010
    Screen is fine on iPad. People are even saying that they won't upgrade to iPad 2 from iPad 1 if screen doesn't change. But, the thing is... these people need to check the history again and maybe go back school. You do not have to upgrade to iPad 2. Apple wants profits and maximize it. Some people even say that it won't costs apple too much money from going to 512 MB ram to 1GB and demanding apple to add retina display, fast chip with 1GB ram to back it up.
    Well, since apple is going to sell millions of these. These total costs add up quick.

    Steve jobs already said no many times when people tried to ask about making 7 inch ipad or changing resolutions on iPad. Changing resolution on iPad hurts developers and only way to make it easy for them is to do double the resolution. It's double or nothing.

    It's not a matter of whether apple wants to do it or not. It's a matter of whether apple is willing to put these features and pass on the costs to customers or they can keep the upgrade minimum and maintain the same price.

    I have never ever seen threads about people want to pay more on iPad. Some people even said iPad is too expensive...

    Retina display is not going to work without fast CPU, high Ram and great battery life for me. So, no leave the resolution alone. Let dreamers keep dream.
  3. Dwalls90 thread starter macrumors 601


    Feb 5, 2009
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    I agree - I'd take the same resolution with the FaceTime camera and a bumped dual core gpu (720p movie playback through vlc) with 512mb or 1gb of RAM before a retina display.
  4. jazziethomas macrumors member

    Dec 5, 2010
    Front and back camera would be ideal for a if it is only a front one it would be kinda hard to take picture of others. hcho3 has a point apple making the resolution double is much easier for the developers.

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