Deep inside the iOS 5 SDK, a clue was discovered about the next iPad. A recent report indicates that many apps secretly contain iPad graphics at a resolution of 2048 x 1536 – that’s exactly twice the iPad’s current resolution, and gives good reason to think that the next iPad will go retina.
Also according to the report is the fact that these images all include a “”2X” marker within the file name. What’s particularly interesting about this is that these are some of the very same trends of discovery that lead up to the iPhone 4 getting a retina display. The new enhanced graphics have also been discovered in the Twitter frameworks of the iOS 5 SDK, as well as the iOS 5 Newsstand application.
It makes sense that an upcoming iPad would be getting a retina display – now that the iPhone 4 has retina graphics, many people consider the iPad’s display to just not display as good of an image. In addition, with the increased emphasis on reading books and magazines on the iPad, a retina display would go far in helping to improve that experience.
We feel that this information is not coincidental, and reflects a very real possibility of a retina display powered next-gen iPad. What are your thoughts?