A Retina Display on the iPad 3?
All else aside, consumers and geeks the world ‘round are salivating over Apple’s Retina Display technology. The iPhone 4S still has the best-looking screen in the smartphone world because of this tech (although the Galaxy Nexus is a close second), so a Retina Display-equipped iPad 3 would, by default, beat out any other tablet display currently available. In fact, it would probably best any tablet display that sees the light of day in 2012.
A display boost is a foregone conclusion at this point, as the 1024x768 LED-backlit IPS display that debuted with the original iPad, and carried over to the iPad 2, has aged past its usefulness. Will that boost come in the form of a 2048x1536 Retina Display? Yes. Honestly we can’t see Apple making any other move with the iPad 3. Plus, it’s the same move they made between the iPhone 3G S and iPhone 4 (doubling the resolution from 480x320 to 960x640). Creating apps for the high-res display will be a challenge, but assuming the quad-core GPU and boosted GPU make an appearance, the appropriate hardware will be in place for developers to go nuts.
Final Prediction: The iPad 3 ships with a 2048x1536, LED-backlit IPS Retina Display. If it doesn’t, expect rioting in the streets.