updated 05:35 pm EST, Fri February 17, 2012
iPad 3 pixels seen 4X as dense
A rare, direct hands-on with what's believed to be a leaked iPad 3 display may have confirmed its 2048x1536 resolution. The MacRumors investigation went beyond surface checks to show that the pixel density was exactly four times higher than on the iPad 2 while keeping the 9.7-inch size. As expected, the display couldn't be powered up to show the effect, although at 264 pixels per inch it could appear near-seamless.
The higher resolution by extension would support some of the new A6 chip. Multiple tips have also referenced a thicker design that could be necessary for stronger LED backlighting to maintain brightness with much smaller pixels.
While Apple hasn't said anything about the iPad 3's features, code inside iOS 5 has included much larger art assets than usual for the iPad in much the same way as the iPhone 4 needed larger art for its higher resolution.