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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 (opens in new tab) 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.

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.