Would having retina display on the iPad 3 be worth the upgrade alone?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by rovex, Apr 20, 2011.

  1. rovex macrumors 65816

    Feb 22, 2011
    It may sound daft, but I think even if the next iPad kept the same crappy cameras and A5 chip and just had retina as the improvement many would bite the bullet. Personally, retina would do it all for me. It's indispensable for something like the iPad, moreso than the other iDevices.
  2. osofast240sx macrumors 68030


    Mar 25, 2011
    99.9% sure iPad 3 will be getting the 8meg camera
  3. Kupp macrumors regular

    Mar 23, 2011
    I wouldn't care. I didn't buy AppleCare just to upgrade after one year. It will be iPhone 6 and iPad 4 before I upgrade anything.

    Unless I use my wife's phone upgrade for an iPhone 5, and give her my 4, but I cannot think of a rational reason to do that.

    We are planning to get a better camera, as my digital camera is a 3.2 mp, and the iPhone I have is 5 mp, but even then I don't take alot of pictures.
  4. Mjmar macrumors 65816

    May 20, 2008
  5. FranksWildYears macrumors regular

    Aug 1, 2010
    I think there's little chance we'll see a resolution change before iPad 4 at the earliest. But I suspect there's a decent chance I'll upgrade next year regardless.
  6. rovex thread starter macrumors 65816

    Feb 22, 2011
    Almost impossible not to have some sort of resolution bump next year, even if its not retina an improvement nonetheless is inevitable.

    The iPad currently cannot output even full 720p, would be bewildering if that stayed the same much longer
  7. blevins321 macrumors 68030

    Dec 24, 2010
    Winnipeg, MB
    The increased graphics processing power necessary to power a retina display that large would have other tangible benefits as well. Possibly dual core graphics processing?
  8. andiwm2003 macrumors 601


    Mar 29, 2004
    Boston, MA
    in the unlikely case the iPad3 gets a higher resolution display (and only 2048x1536 seems reasonable to me) i would upgrade no matter what. that means I would be willing to pay $999 for a 64GB G3, i don't care about camera quality and I would accept a 2hr battery hit. the iPad is good as it is and the only improvement I can see is higher res screen. all other things are more "nice to have" things for me.
  9. Stetrain macrumors 68040

    Feb 6, 2009
    Probably the retina display would be the main upgrade. A slightly faster processor (maybe dual core 1.5Ghz, or quad core like the NGP), more graphics performance to handle the higher resolution, and maybe some camera bumps. I wouldn't be surprised to see a 720p front camera on the iPhone 5 and iPad 3 now that they've started introducing them on Macs.
  10. master-ceo macrumors 65816


    Sep 7, 2007
    The SUN
    I heard the iPad 3 will have a Super Nova 3D display with a Projector built into the 50 megapixel camera.

    Man I can't wait till September! Steve doin the damn thing this year. Go :apple:
  11. merkinmuffley macrumors 6502a

    Dec 3, 2010
    I'd upgrade to get a better display. I'm a photographer and use it to review photos in the field and some limited review of photos by clients. A better display would really be very helpful.
  12. FranksWildYears macrumors regular

    Aug 1, 2010
    I would imagine that it would have to be something which scales easily and well from the current res for the sake of existing apps. Ironically, a small bump next year may well see to it that it's several years before the true 'retina' display that so many are baying for.
  13. Gomff macrumors 6502a

    Sep 17, 2009
    Although a retina screen would be nice, It would be a big deal for Apple to implement. Not only would the battery take a hit, but also it would negate considerably any benefits from a better GPU, would push the price up and make manufacture & QC much more of a headache.

    The screen on the iPad is already good enough for me. The biggest improvements needed to the iPad are software based and I'm not sure I'd buy another until it has things like a file system and well thought out multi user support.
  14. rovex thread starter macrumors 65816

    Feb 22, 2011
    If anything, QC will be LESS of an issue as you will not notice dead or stuck pixels due to the high ppi. manufacturing neither, if you can do it on a tiny screen like the iPhone, it should be equally possible on a much larger screen such as on the iPad. It's simply cost that is the glaring issue here.
  15. hcho3 macrumors 68030

    May 13, 2010
    Next iPad is getting LTE, Storage upgrade, Faster processor, better camera and Retina display...

    That's my prediction.

    Yes, I will get it on day one.
  16. Chrisconner1993 macrumors newbie

    Apr 3, 2011
    Manchester, UK
    I didn't upgrade my 1st gen iPad this time rundown, but I will be camping outside the apple store, on next iPad launch date! :)
  17. hcho3 macrumors 68030

    May 13, 2010
    If you sold your original iPad before iPad 2 came out, it should have evened out pretty well with iPad 2...

    I only lost 50 dollars and I used that iPad for over 9 months. That's about 5-6 dollars a month. I will stop going to starbucks and continue to use the latest and greatest iPad.

    But, I bought iPad 2 because it was lighter and thinner.
  18. Gomff macrumors 6502a

    Sep 17, 2009
    I don't see the logic in the your second point. Larger screen = more pixels....I don't understand how this would be LESS of an issue.

    Equally, you seem to be assuming that a retina screen on the ipad would have the same ppi as an iPhone 4. If that's the case then you're talking about a huge resolution bump. Making the assumption that this would not pose any challenges in manufacture seems naive.

    Conversely, if the resolution were not as high as the iPhone 4 (far more likely IMHO) then stuck pixels would be more visible and you're back to QC issues again.
  19. bowlerman625 macrumors 68020


    Jun 17, 2009
    Chicago, IL area
  20. Joey47 macrumors newbie

    Apr 13, 2011
    If you buy the ip3 just for the better screen then you are a fool to steves game...that ip3 better have higher quality cameras to go with that retina display and more CPU and gpu power.
  21. rovex thread starter macrumors 65816

    Feb 22, 2011
    You misread my post completely. Did I not say a higher PPI would make stuck or dead pixels less to maybe even not visible? The larger screen has no bearing as long as it has a certain number of pixels per inch. In what way is that not rational?

    The foundations are there to make higher resolution screens for larger panels, costing is the fundamental reason as to why we've yet to see them on tablets. Although I used the example of the iPhone 4 I don't believe the iPad will necessarily have the same PPI, but more likely close to it.
  22. jdcell100 macrumors regular

    Nov 2, 2010
    Is retnia display really that's much better then what we have now I love way something looks on my iPad I don't mean to sound dumb but I really don't know anything about retna display
  23. 55test55 macrumors 6502

    Jun 16, 2009
    damn if there is a retina display on the ipad 3 itd end up being super expensive.

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