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[MacRumors] iPad 3 to Pave Way for 1080p iTunes Content and a New Apple TV?

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Apple is expected to reveal the new iPad at a media event in the first week of March. The new iPad is widely believed to carry a ultra-high resolution 2048x1536 display that exceeds the resolution of 1080p content. Apple, however, presently only offers a maximum of 720p HD content on their iTunes Store. 720p also happens to be the maximum resolution that the current generation Apple TV supports.

We've already seen evidence that Apple has been working on a next generation Apple TV. Back in October, references to an unreleased "AppleTV3,1" model were found in the latest versions of iOS 5. Meanwhile, Apple has reportedly asked movie studios to start submitting 1080p content to the iTunes Store late last year.

A Retina Display iPad would represent an opportunity for Apple to launch a 1080p iTunes Store.
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Good times ahead!I want Apple to allow me to download the HD or Full HD versions of movies I've already purchased through them, that would be nice tongue.gif
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^ whilst it would be nice to do that for customers who have already purchased alot of content, I wouldn't put it past apple to make you pay again for 1080p versions of the same thing. Same scenario as customers buying 'HD' versions of apps for their ipads even if they own the iphone version.
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How embarassing is it that a tablet will have a higher resolution than my current monitor.
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^ whilst it would be nice to do that for customers who have already purchased alot of content, I wouldn't put it past apple to make you pay again for 1080p versions of the same thing. Same scenario as customers buying 'HD' versions of apps for their ipads even if they own the iphone version.

All of that is up to the developer/studio/whoever is making the product, whether to charge more for an upgraded version. Basically was one of the requirements of the labels when the iTunes Store music quality went up and DRM free, the music labels wanted to set higher prices than the $0.99 per song, where the $1.29 price came from. Also why some artists are too stubborn to see the revenue of having their music put in the Music Store. I do have to say that they'll be (and already are) hurting here when optical drives become optional and eventually obsolete in the next couple years. Apple is mainly the delivery system, although they do set their own requirements and restrictions.

Knowing movie studios and how much more greedy they are than music studios, I have a feeling that 1080p content will be completely separate than the 720p content, like how people who bought previous SD movies, but couldn't upgrade to the 720p versions without paying the extra $15. I wouldn't doubt them charging $20 for a 1080p movie on there. I actually can't even remember the last movie I even bought off of there.
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cool, i love when apple forces other companies to innovate.

since this is OCN, let the apple hate begin!
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Only downside to 1080p video are the file sizes.
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^ whilst it would be nice to do that for customers who have already purchased alot of content, I wouldn't put it past apple to make you pay again for 1080p versions of the same thing. Same scenario as customers buying 'HD' versions of apps for their ipads even if they own the iphone version.
It wouldn't be Apple that makes them pay, but the studios. And it's the developers that choose whether they offer you the iPhone or iPad version of an app separately, or combined, not Apple.
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Only downside to 1080p video are the file sizes.
That's true but many have the internet speeds capable of it. They'd also offer SD and HD alongside Full HD so if you didn't, you could download the smaller version.
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All of that is up to the developer/studio/whoever is making the product, whether to charge more for an upgraded version. Basically was one of the requirements of the labels when the iTunes Store music quality went up and DRM free, the music labels wanted to set higher prices than the $0.99 per song, where the $1.29 price came from. Also why some artists are too stubborn to see the revenue of having their music put in the Music Store. I do have to say that they'll be (and already are) hurting here when optical drives become optional and eventually obsolete in the next couple years. Apple is mainly the delivery system, although they do set their own requirements and restrictions.
Knowing movie studios and how much more greedy they are than music studios, I have a feeling that 1080p content will be completely separate than the 720p content, like how people who bought previous SD movies, but couldn't upgrade to the 720p versions without paying the extra $15. I wouldn't doubt them charging $20 for a 1080p movie on there. I actually can't even remember the last movie I even bought off of there.

I agree that certain industries are very greedy, but I find that even though apple is just the delivery system, because its apple in the first place the developers seem to be fine with doubling up on apps because they know that apple consumers will pay for things again without complaint.

Also what's the average size of a 1080p movie? Those who choose to get the 16gb model might find themselves limited as to the amount of content they can take with them. Whilst you could argue that they can buy the higher capacity models, not everyone has that luxury and might find the prices too high. The iPad is already one of, if not the highest, priced tablets on the market as it is.
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Only downside to this that I can see is that it will take up 70% more space on your iPad, and will take 70% longer to download on people's already slow internet.
    
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Wait, iTunes doesn't offer 1080P videos already?

Why do people even download movies there to start with?! 0.o
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