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This article was published on June 14, 2011

High-res images in iOS 5 spur rumors of Retina display in iPad 3

High-res images in iOS 5 spur rumors of Retina display in iPad 3
Matthew Panzarino
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Matthew Panzarino

Matthew Panzarino was Managing Editor at TNW. He's no longer with the company, but you can follow him on Twitter. Matthew Panzarino was Managing Editor at TNW. He's no longer with the company, but you can follow him on Twitter.

Keen eyed observer and Twitter user Frank has noticed that there are some additional ‘2x’ images in the Twitter framework of iOS 5. Those images clock in at 2048×1536, double the current resolution of the iPad 2. This is sparking rumors that we may see a Retina display in the next generation of iPad.

A '2x' 1536x2048 image, discovered in the Twitter framework of iOS 5

This isn’t the first time that we’ve seen these double-size images as they showed up just before the iPad 2’s release in the iOS 4 beta. Despite those images appearing, the iPad 2 did not have a Retina display. This leads us to take the discovery of these images as an indication that Apple is testing a higher-resolution iPad in the labs, but that does not necessarily constitute proof that we may see a Retina display in the iPad 3.

The iPad 3 has been rumored to be released later this year, shifting the iPad to a Summer release schedule, rather than one early in the year.

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