When iPad 2 was launched, many were surprised that the tablet didn’t sport the new high display resolution which had debuted on the iPhone 4 in summer the previous year. In what therefore seems like a logical step for the next revision of Apple’s tablet, CNET reports that Retina-class QXGA (2048×1536) panel production has now started. This builds on a discovery of two types of icons in the SDK more than a year ago.
I expect to see the new display being launched as a key marketing message with the next generation device in January. Although the iPad is among the best for reading colour newspapers, it can be uncomfortable to read long passages of text when compared with super sharp ‘electronic ink’ devices such as the Amazon Kindle. Improving the display would establish the iPad as the premium eReader for all types of content, and provide publishers with a motivation to increase the availability of content on the Apple Store, particularly in the Newsstand section, which still has disappointingly few titles.