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New iPad Screen vs iPad 2 – in Apple’s Own Words

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As part of the launch presentation of the new iPad, Apple used several slides to demonstrate the effects of the “Retina Display” style screen. Want to know how much better the new iPad screen is than the iPad 2’s? Read on.

The big news about the new iPad screen is that it offers twice the vertical resolution and twice the horizontal resolution of the previous model. The res is 2,048 x 1,536, up from 1,024 x 768. A very big difference.

The result is four times the number of pixels – more than three million – and double the pixel density. It’s impressive stuff. While the basic IPS screen tech appears to be the same, Apple has also improved colour performance, by a claimed 44 percent.

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New iPad on the right, old iPad on the left

As you can see, the new iPad screen is much sharper and more detailed than that of the iPad 2. Manufacturers can often be accused of bigging-up their product’s minor changes more than is strictly necessary, but Apple has reason to brag here.

The iPad 2 screen – while gorgeous in most respects – is very blocky by modern standards. With pixel density of just 131dpi, you don’t have to get at all close to the screen to discern single pixels. It’s something that has become increasingly apparent now that so many phones offer very high pixel-density screens.

This is good news for all aspects of tablet life. Web browsing will look cleaner, small text will be much more readable, and gaming should benefit massively. The jagged edges you can see in many iPad games at present will soon be a thing of the past – as long as you don’t hold onto your old-hat edition, that is. What do you think about the new screen of the iPad? Not bothered or just the ticket?

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March 8, 2012, 1:17 pm

Let me honest here not much of a difference when you look at the pictures above. But building up the hype does sell new ipads.

Russell Peto

March 8, 2012, 2:50 pm

It says "New iPad on the left, old iPad on the right" is it just me, or do the right hand pictures look better?


March 8, 2012, 3:08 pm

@mej001 thats because your viewing on a device with a pixel depth that is less then the new iPad

its not hype its the same improvement the iPhone4 screen had over the 3GS which was stunning


March 8, 2012, 3:29 pm

Eek, that's a fundamental labelling whoopsy. New is on the right, old on the left.


March 8, 2012, 6:40 pm

I actually have the iphone 3gs and my wife the 4gs and 'yes' there is a difference but it not out of this world. A lot of this is just over hyping or perhaps my eyesight needs to be checked :)

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