Oliver Shultz 20 March 2012, 01:02

Looking at the iPad's Retina Display Under a Microscope

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The closest iPad 2 vs. iPad 3 side-by-side comparison so far.

Apple has talked a lot about the iPad 3's Retina Display. The company is even referring to the device as 'resolutionary' on it's homepage. We all know that the iPad 3 has a screen that measures 9.7-inchs and boasts 2048×1536 pixels and 264 ppi. And you don't need us to tell you that this is vastly superior to the display used on the iPads 1 and 2. Both the first and second iteration of the iPad used the same display — a 9.7-inch 1024 × 768, 132 ppi display. What you probably don't know, is how these two screens compare when put under the microscope.

Designer Lukas Mathis decided to just that. Mathis, who runs ignorethecode.net, put both the iPad 2 and the iPad 3 under what he describes as 'a cheap digital microscope' at 80x magnification. This is what it looks like:

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iPad2

Of course, the really interesting comparison is the iPad 3 versus the iPhone 4S, which also has a Retina Display. The Retina Display on the iPhone 4S actually boasts 326 ppi, which just goes to show you how scientific the term 'Retina Display' really is.

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iPhone 4S

And this is the 2007 iPod touch, when the words 'Retina Display' were nothing more than twinkle in the eye of a marketing maven:

iPod Touch 2007

Mathis has got some great photos of a range of different displays under the scope. He's done everything from the PS Vita, to the 3DS, the iPod touch, and the Kindle. Check it out here.
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