Report: September iPad HD will Augment iPad Line

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Apple will indeed be releasing a new iPad in September, according to a report from This Is My Next, but it will be called “iPad HD,” and that it will augment Apple’s tablet product line, not replace the recenty introduced iPad 2. The device will sport a much higher resolution screen of 2048 x 1536, and will be aimed at professional users.

This Is My Next is a new publication from Joshua Topolsky and other writers who have previously worked for Engadget and assorted tech publications. The report is pitched as a continuation of other reports about Apple’s iPhone line that have been written by Mr. Topolsky for Engadget.

As part of its “pro” stature, the iPad HD might be accompanied by iPad versions of Aperture or Final Cut Pro that work on the higher-end version of the device, but the key part of the story is that the much-rumored September release of an iPad is intended to expand the platform, and not merely bump up the device’s specs.

If you remember, there was a rumor from DigiTimes in January of of 2011 that the iPad 2 itself would ship with a 2048 x 1536 resolution (at the time, we called it “twice” the iPad’s current resolution just like This Is My Next did today, and were reminded by a reader that it’s technically a 4x increase in total screen real estate). The Tawianese publication cited unnamed sources in Apple’s supply chain for the story, but when the iPad 2 shipped, it featured the original device’s 1024 x 768 resolution.

Mr. Topolsky didn’t mention the January report from DigiTimes, but it’s easy to follow the bread crumbs and think that the January leak from suppliers was based on a real product Apple was developing, but that it simply wasn’t the iPad 2.

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Comments

Mr.Shawnmars

I find this a little far fetched. It has also been reported that the 2048x1536 is a TV out supported resolution. The same specs are already in the iPhone’s property lists. Anyway it is in Apples best interests to focus on pixel per inch and not resolution which is only size. Pixel per inch rumors that have also been going around sounds more plausible to me. Since the iPhone 4 has 336 ppi and the iPad is only 132 ppi. The rumored iPad increase to 226 ppi would be what I’m betting on if they do release a new iPad.

iJack

it is in Apples best interests to focus on pixel per inch and not resolution which is only size.

Huh?

An increase in the overall resolution on the same size screen, is an increase of pixels per inch.  How could it not be?  Similarly, an increase of pixels per inch is an increase in resolution.  Ergo ? and using your example ? the iPhone 4 has a higher resolution that the current iPad.

Mr.Shawnmars

@iJack first I never said iPhone 4 had a higher resolution. The actual resolution of the iPhone is 960x640 which is referring to size. The pixels per inch is 326, I apologize for saying it was 336. The iPad at 1024x768 with 132ppi could easily stay at that resolution and get an increased ppi and then be called HD. Resolution, which is referring to the area of the screen but is not the total amount of pixels.
  To get back to this article and what it is talking about is that I feel the rumors about iPad HD could hold some things to think about… In other articles that I have read it has been stated that the idea for the future of business is to go paperless. It has also been stated that in order for computer monitors to be capable of meeting the paperless requirements it would have to have a display more than 4 times Full HD. So with the rumors saying that Apple will refer to iPad HD for the professional users and accepting the idea that by resolution they are referring to display quality then it is always possible that Apple is trying to pave the way for a paperless business world.

wab95

The device will sport a much higher resolution screen of 2048 x 1536, and will be aimed at professional users


I am always intrigued by the definition of professional in the Mac/iOS context, and suspect it is somewhat a subjective and self-selected group. In any case, it will be interesting to see what happens with iPad2 and iPad2 HD sales.

Bryan Chaffin

I am always intrigued by the definition of professional in the Mac/iOS context, and suspect it is somewhat a subjective and self-selected group. In any case, it will be interesting to see what happens with iPad2 and iPad2 HD sales.

To me the difference between classes of users would hinge on content creation version content consumption.  Throw in a bit of “I use this for work,” or “I give presentations on this,” too.

slorp

What would be ideal now is if someone could make a monitorless laptop to which you could attach the iPad Pro and use it as a monitor. Then we could have all the function of a real full-function laptop computer, and a monitor with decent resolution instead of the worthless 1366x768 displays that they’re putting on everything now. Since I often take my laptop and my iPad with me everywhere I go, I would now have less weight to carry around and a more usable computer.

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