I’d like to start this off with a ‘We told you so.‘ With that said, Jon Gruber, owner of DaringFireball.net is now throwing his thoughts out there. And, generally speaking, his thoughts come from some very reliable sources that have almost perfect track records.
Gruber is now stating that, contrary to what Engadget has previously reported, the next iPad will retain the same resolution:
I asked around, and according to my sources, it is too good to be true: the iPad 2 does not have a retina display. I believe the iPad 2’s display will remain at 1024 × 768. Its display may be improved in other ways — brighter, better power consumption, thinner, perhaps. Maybe it uses the new manufacturing technique Apple introduced with the iPhone 4 display, which brings the LCD closer to the surface of the touchscreen glass — making it look more like pixels on glass rather than pixels under glass.
He goes on to say that ‘retina display’ iPads are “in Cupertino. They’re not the iPad 2, though.” He also speculates that the iPad 3 will be the one to have this new resolution. The iPad 2, he says, will be more akin to the iPhone 3GS than the iPhone 4: hardware bumps to make for greater speed, better graphics, and possibly better battery life. Gruber also explains the high resolution images included in the iBooks app as nothing more than an oversight on the part of an Apple developer, which was never supposed to be released outside of their in-house testing programs.
Engadget, however, is sticking by their sources’ side. Basically, the Engadget team is saying that their tipster has only said claimed that a higher resolution screen is in the works. They never mentioned a screen with 2 times the resolution. Gruber (and I) don’t buy this, simply because it would create more work for a developer, and the consumer may not even notice the difference of a slight resolution bump. Gruber also points out problems with UI scaling that could occur:
I think that’s unlikely for reasons pertaining to UI scaling math (the same reason that the iPhone display resolution didn’t increase incrementally) — but it’s worth noting that my sources only claim “no retina display”, not that the resolution is unchanged.