This is absolutely awesome, I called this the moment the iPhone 4 came out with a retina display. Few believed me, of course, but here we are! I knew Apple would be the first to release a "retina" slate, it'll be good for marketing.
Originally Posted by xd_1771
When the world takes advantage of no larger 1920x1080 media, such a screen is useless. Apple should have gone the simplicity way, sell their iPad with a 1920x1080 screen, and adjust existing apps to fit the screen size if so necessary. Taking on a ridiculous 2048x1536 screen is just going to drive up the costs for the customer because of the unique screen - moreso than the ripoff high price that Apple already charges.
I certainly won't even consider buying one. It is a time when HD content and 16:9 content ratio is reigning and I can't believe that Apple must insist on taking a step backwards.
It's not. The higher resolution will result in all content looking amazing. Text and the UI will look sharp, games will look even better, images and video will look great. Apple's going to release the first slate that can actually display 1080p content on the screen. And 4:3 is better than 16:9 for a slate that displays a lot of different content. Movies and games are great on 16:9 and good on 4:3, but books, browsing, and most similar tasks, are great on 4:3 and only okay on 16:9.
Originally Posted by Domino
Oh sorry, I meant colour quality.
That's about right, but it's because of their choice of using an LED-backlit display. According to what I've read from Anandtech on the subject, the benefits are less power consumption and less heat, but less colour accuracy. It's not because the "IPS" is any less quality, it's just the type of display -- else, it'd be up there in the 90-95's.