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Why Should The iPad 2 Adopt A 1920x1280 Resolution

Could Apple adopt a 1920x1280 screen resolution for the iPad 2 tablet rather than a full 2048x1536 one? It's a possibility that some commentators have put forward, one that would bring the iPad 2 closer to the Apple TV and the iPhone 4.

The overwhelming majority of full HD televisions on the market have a screen resolution of 1920x1080 pixels (16:9 screen ratio) while the iPhone 4 has a screen resolution of 960x640 pixels, one which can be scaled to 1920x1280 pixels.

It would therefore be perfectly possible for the iPad 2 to accommodate full HD content with black 100px bars on each side. It would epitomise Apple's quest to deliver the same type of content regardless of the screen and would see the Apple TV, which plays full HD content, move closer to the iPad 2.

In comparison, a 2048x1536 screen resolution would certainly require more resizing and come with much bigger black bars. In the case of a 21:9 widescreen movie, up to 43 per cent of an iPad 2 screen would be occupied by black bars; not particularly user friendly.

For iPhone developers, moving to 1920x1280 would help to simplify cross-platform development since moving from the iPhone 4 to the iPad would "simply" mean doubling the horizontal and vertical resolution, something that is not as straight forward with a 4:3 screen ratio like the iPad.

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.