Photo Of iPad 3 / iPad HD Retina Display Surfaces

What looks like the first unofficial picture of the Apple iPad 3 super sharp retina display has surfaced courtesy of a website called Razorianfly which received it from an anonymous source.

The Exif data did not provide with any interesting data and the actual photo shows the calendar (dated Tuesday 6th - that's yesterday) and keynote app.

The characters appear to be extremely sharp - the "e" curve is surprisingly smooth - and one can even read Q4 2010 on the lectern adorning the keynote app icon.

Razorianfly says that the display should have a 2,048 x 1,536 pixels resolution with a 264 pixel per inch pixel density.

That is four times the amount of pixels on the iPad and the iPad 2 and one would guess that it would require a graphics subsystem four times more powerful than the current one on the Apple A5 to maintain the same level of performance.

The A5 uses an Imagination Technologies PowerVR SGX543MP2 GPU which consists of two cores. Apple could opt either for a more powerful Power VR Series 5 part or go for a bolder Power VR Series 6 part codenamed Rogue.

ITProPortal.com has a live blog of the event from London, covering the pre-iPad 3 buzz happening in the hours prior to the launch, rumours and the launch itself on Wednesday 7th. We suggest that you follow and bookmark this real-time live blog thread.