Apple will reportedly release the iPad 3 with a retina display as well as doubling the resolution, a feature it was previously thought may appear on the iPad 2, an industry expert has claimed.
Speaking to Apple Insider, well connected industry expert Ming-Chi Kuo of Concord Securities, confidentally suggests that the iPad 3 will have a Retina display with double the screen resolution of 2048x1536.
The yet unconfirmed iPad 2 will apparently not be getting the new retina display owing to certain manufacturing limitations at present. Kuo told Apple Insider back in January, “at this point, making a high resolution and bright IPS/FFS panel is not easy and the production volume and cost couldn’t meet Apple’s requirements.”
The iPad 2 will rather come with a thinner display with anti-reflection technology that makes it easier to use the tablet under sunlight.
Kuo also gave credence to the rumour that Apple is working on an iOS device somewhere between the size of an iPad and an iPhone. The device is currently 'undergoing evaluation' and could be released during the second half of 2011. He could not confirm whether it would be a 'Super iPhone' or an 'iPad mini'.
Apple has previously suggested that "tweener" sized tablets smaller than the iPad can't deliver a real tablet experience, though there appears to be a market for oversized smartphones, with several Android models having screens of 4 inches plus.