Rumors about the new iPad have been running rampant all week. (For a read a review of some these rumors read Jim Karpen's post). The latest rumor, however, is that many of the other rumors are just that - rumors. According to John Gruber of Daring Fireball, the new iPad will not have a higher resolution display but may be improved in other ways. In a recent blog post Gruber explains:
"I asked around, and according to my sources, it is too good to be true: the iPad 2 does not have a retina display. I believe the iPad 2’s display will remain at 1024 × 768. Its display may be improved in other ways — brighter, better power consumption, thinner, perhaps. Maybe it uses the new manufacturing technique Apple introduced with the iPhone 4 display, which brings the LCD closer to the surface of the touchscreen glass — making it look more like pixels on glass rather than pixels under glass. But my sources are pretty sure that it’s not 2048 × 1536 or any other “super high resolution”.
This goes against many of the rumors circulating this week that the iPad 2 will have a retina display similar to (but probably not as good as) the iPhone 4. Gruber is one of the better informed bloggers and is usually pretty on point with his speculation. In this however, I'm betting (and hoping) that he's wrong. While the high cost of the retina display is certainly a legitimate issue, It just makes too much sense for Apple to include it.
I'll go on record with my guesses for the new iPad:
- It will be announced late January and be available in April
- It will have the same size screen as the previous iPad but be thinner and faster
- It will have front and rear facing cameras
- It will have a higher resolution screen
- And the wild card: it will have no home button
If I'm right on all accounts I expect someone to buy me a new iPad. Any takers? What do you guys think? Will Apple include a retina display on the new iPad? Will a high res screen effect your purchasing decision? Post your comments below.