iPad 2 Followup To Come With "Retina Display" Screen

The "Rumour du Jour" for the followup to the iPad 2 comes from two people "familiar" with Apple's plans and is quoted by news website, Bloomberg.

The sources claim that Apple is testing an iPad 3 with the "retina display" technology, which matches the screen of the iPhone 4 with a 326dpi pixel density.

However, they appear to contradict themselves by saying that the screen resolution would be a third higher than that of the iPad 2, which currently stands at 1024x768 pixels.

A Retina display iPad would have a resolution of around three megapixels (which would imply that Apple would up the pixel count of its rear camera as well to match that) while a 33 per cent increase in the current pixel count would roughly bring it inline with the industry standard 1280x800 pixels (as adopted by Honeycomb tablets).

The screen, they suggest, will also be more responsive than the current one, which either means that Apple has adopted a new display technology or has significantly boosted the graphics capabilities of its next tablet.

The iPad 2 is now the first in line in Apple's device portfolio, to receive its new system on chips, followed by the iPhone, then Apple TV and the iPod Touch.

The same sources have told Bloomberg that the iPhone 5 will be launched in September, a rumour that contradicts the August launch date that another tech website BGR reported yesterday.