Apple iBooks 2 Points to 'Retina Display' for iPad 3

The recent update that Apple announced for its iBooks service has given tech enthusiasts and pundits further indication that the next generation iPad is going to feature a 'Retina Display-like' high resolution screen.

Apple released iBooks 2 as an improved platform for the iPad in order to boost its educational credentials. Phil Schiller, Apple SVP of Worldwide Product Marketing, explained at the recent education-centred event in New York "now with iBooks 2 for iPad, students have a more dynamic, engaging and truly interactive way to read and learn, using the device they already love."

In addition to the educational content, iBooks 2 hides important clues about the iPad 3, expected to hit the market in a matter of weeks. As AppleInsider reports, following the discovery of high quality iPad images in the iBooks app in January, speculation arose of a 2048x1536 resolution for the iPad 2.

That didn't materialise, but now iBooks 2 "contains a third image with an @2x equivalent for the iPad," suggesting the third generation tablet will have the increased resolution.

With a pixel density of 260ppi the new iPad would have four times the number of pixels of its predecessors.