A rumor from The Korea Times suggests Apple may be close to signing a deal with Samsung and LG for a high-resolution tablet display. The new display will include a resolution of 2048 x 1536 pixels, 4:3 aspect ratio and a retina-like pixel density of 280 PPI.
This isn't the first time this rumor has hit the wires. Back in January, rumblings of a high-resolution iPad began to surface. These rumors were fueled with the announcement of a 10.1-inch, 2560 x 1600 resolution display from Samsung which will arrive later this year. Even if this 10.1-inch display is not compatible with 9.7-inch form factor of the iPad, it does confirm Samsung has the technology to produce a retina-like tablet display and could likely produce one in a 9.7-inch size.Then in June, the folks at TechUnwrapped uncovered code within the beta release of iOS 5 which supports images of 1536 x 2048 pixels. With all these rumors floating around, it seems very likely that Apple is working on a high-resolution version of the iPad.
As long as suppliers can keep up with demand, a high-resolution display would be a logical upgrade for the next generation iPad. The iPad 2 got a nice processor boost and dual cameras, but the display remained the same. Consumer-wise, a high-resolution display would entice new customers to adopt Apple's popular tablet and prompt many original iPad owners to upgrade to the iPad 3.
[Via 9to5 Mac]