The idea of a retina display on the iPad has long been talked about. There was suggestion that the iPad 2 would get a retina display but never surfaced due to Apple’s manufacturers struggling with the production and costs associated with such a high resolution screen.
New claims by¬†DisplaySearch analyst Richard Shim suggests that Apple has started production on the retina displays, he quotes:
“It’s happening–QXGA, 2048×1536. Panel production has started [for the next-generation iPad]. There’s three suppliers,” Richard Shim, an analyst at DisplaySearch, said in an interview today. Shim confirmed other reports that cite three companies, Samsung, Sharp, and LGD.”
With reports suggesting the iPad 3 will launch in the first half of 2012 and as early as March it’s not too long before we’ll know. However the reports are highly likely that the iPad 3 will carry a 2048×1536 display after background images of 2048×1536 were found in early versions of iOS 5.