Rumors of an iPad 2 sporting a super high-resolution Retina Display continues to gush out like the Niagara Falls. For the first time, real evidence has been discovered that suggests the iPad 2 could actually have a crazy 2048 x 1536 resolution screen.
What did Apple blog, MacRumors, discover? Well, only a graphic found in the iBooks 1.1 app labeled "iPadx2" that has a resolution of 2048 x 1538, exactly double that of the current iPad's 1024 x 768. Now, why would such a graphic even be hidden in there in the first place? Even more interestingly enough, why has that graphic been completely removed? If the rumor-mill has taught us anything, it's that when something is discovered and then removed faster than you can blink, it usually is true.
Is your heart pumping? Mine is.
An iPad 2 with a 2048 x 1538 resolution screen would make scaling apps for it from the first-gen iPad very easy. Developers would only have to double the resolution, instead of having to deal with another aspect ratio to cross-develop for.
Can you imagine a tablet with such a high-resolution screen? Most pundits have shot down the possibility of such a screen in the iPad 2 for two reasons: cost and power usage. An iPad with such a high-resolution screen (higher than most notebook computers) would require a powerful graphics chip to drive it and would probably increase the cost of the tablet.
Good thing there are rumors of the iPad 2 getting a faster GPU and a dual-core processor to support all of this Retina Display madness. Might all these little signs be hinting at the bigger picture?
Who knows what Apple has lying in wait for its grand iPad 2. This year might be all about the tablets, as CES showed us, but that doesn't mean Steve Jobs has been sitting around on his Ottoman couch counting his $1 annual salary everyday.
Apple's iPad 2 won't only be out to crush other tablets like Motorola's great-looking Android 3.0-powered Xoom or BlackBerry's slick PlayBook — it'll be out to make last year's iPad look like a slow brick, with last-gen's tech.