The folks over at 9 to 5 Mac must have been sifting through the iOS 5 SDK, as someone with a sharp eye was able to uncover a few graphics for an iPad capable of displaying a 2048 x 1536 resolution on its display. These dimensions, which are measured in pixels, are exactly double that of the iPad 2 (1024 x 768). The file names are marked with “2x” to show this change in resolution. At these new dimensions, the next-generation iPad would be considered a “Retina Display” device.
Before you get too excited, keep in mind that this is not the first discovery of files that make reference to an iPad with Retina Display resolution. Last January, there were double-sized images popping up here and there as part of speculation leading up to the release of the iPad 2. Most rumors pointed at an iPad 2 with a high resolution display, but it didn’t happen. But 9 to 5 Mac believes that, this time around, these graphics might actually be significant with regards to the next-generation iPad. Author Mark Gurman shared his opinion on the matter, stating that “due [to] the circumstances in which these new iPad 2X graphics were found, we feel that these icons are not just a coincidence or a designer thinking ahead, but rather a strong indication that the next iPad will feature a 2048 x 1536 Retina Display.”
I still think that a Retina Display on the iPad seems to good to be true, but at least there is reason for optimism when findings like these are made.