iOS 5, Apple’s latest software for iDevices has been pretty interesting to use, find flaws in and speculate on. There’s no doubt that the iPhone 5 and iPad 3 will both include the software as standard, and so you can often find little clues as to what it means for our future devices.
Images have been found within the iOS 5 SDK that point to a Retina display being utilized in the next generation iPad. The current iPad has a resolution of 1024×768 pixels, images within the software framework point to a resolution of 2048×1536. The images were within the Twitter and Newsstand software. There is the argument that these images were developed in preparation for the 9.7″ Retina display, without any knowledge that the hardware is being looked in to.
As pointed out by 9to5Mac, these images have crept through before in iBooks, prior to the launch of iPad 2. The latest iPad, of course, didn’t have a higher resolution display. Personally, I can’t imagine that Apple would use the same resolution display three years running. The fact that both images are found within iOS 5, the next Apple tablet’s standard software, does hint at the possibility of a Retina display next year.