Rumors of a high-resolution Retina Display for Apple s next iPad, never far from the surface, came roaring back after the blog TechUnwrapped posted screenshots of some extra-large images in iOS 5, the upcoming mobile operating system for Apple mobile devices.
"As I was going through the iOS SDK I came across some images in the new Twitter .framework. The resolution appears to be 1,536 x 2,048," a tipster apparently wrote to the blog, including the aforementioned screenshots to back up those findings. As TechUnwrapped noted, the resolution of the current iPad 2 is 1024 x 768.
In addition to the new Twitter .framework, Apple s upcoming Newsstand application with consolidates iOS users subscriptions in one place, and downloads new periodical issues in the device s background apparently also features images with twice-as-large resolutions.
Apple will release iOS 5 sometime this fall. It is a broad-based update: in addition to Newsstand, new features include a refined notifications screen, boosted interoperability with Twitter, and an iMessenger conversation platform seemingly designed as a direct competitor to BlackBerry Messenger.
Other sources have been reporting that Apple is prepping its next iPad with a higher-resolution screen. On June 14, Reuters paraphrased Taiwan s Economic Daily as saying the iPad 3 would launch in the fourth quarter with an image resolution 5-6 times higher than iPad 2.
That being said, other rumors have pushed back against the idea of a late-2011 release for the iPad 3. In an April report, the publication DigiTimes quoted unnamed upstream component makers as saying that Apple was still deciding on possible panels for future tablets, with any resulting products unlikely to make a showing in 2011.