Talk about Retina display for the Apple iPad has been around since the original iPad was launched, and a feature that was heavily expected but not delivered for the current iPad 2. Now they rumors are resurfacing with reports that Apple is already working with several suppliers to produce the Retina quality screens for the iPad 3.
It is Cnet that is reporting that Apple is working with Samsung, Sharp and LGD producing the high resolution Retina displays for the iPad 3, as 9to5mac is reporting that references to an iPad 3 device codenamed “J2″ appears in recent iOS 5 version. It is also speculated that there will be a smaller screen iPad coming next year, revitalizing the iPad Mini rumors, and perhaps a result of the pre-launch success of the Kindle Fire and the new Nook.
Previous reports have talked about a Retina display with 2048 x 1536 resolution requiring dual LED backlights, resulting in a thicker iPad 3. However suppliers seem to have worked around this issue, creating a display that uses one single light bar which combines dual LED chips. This would allow for a thinner screen with even better clearer viewing.
Whilst most of us are busy buying Christmas presents to friends, family and ourselves, with many having the iPad 2 high on their wishlist, rumors of an iPad 3 does not mean the device will be coming soon. It is very unlikely that we will see a new iPad before late Q1 2012, and perhaps more likely even later. The other question of course is, how important is it to have a Retina display for the iPad?