Though the iPad 5 has yet to be made official, rumors have started emerging regarding its 2014 successor, the iPad 6, which will purportedly come with a 9.7-inch display with up to 40 percent more pixels than the iPad 3, iPad 4 and iPad 5.
A research note released Saturday by KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo claims that Apple will be releasing a 9.7-inch iPad in 2014 that will come with 30 to 40 percent more pixels than its Retina Display predecessors. As the iPad 4’s 9.7-inch display has resolution of 2048 x 1536, or 343 pixels per inch, that would equate to a boost to about 369 ppi, though Kuo didn’t specify what the exact resolution of the iPad 6’s display will be. What is interesting is how Apple may likely be forced to use unconventional resolution to achieve 369 ppi if it indeed sticks to a 9.7-inch screen. For the sake of comparison, 4K display resolution would require a 70 percent increase in pixels, though that doesn’t appear to be in the cards for the iPad 6.
Amid all the iPad 5 and iPad mini 2 rumors that cropped up ahead of the expected October 22 launch event, there was some talk of a 12.9-inch, 2732 x 2048 iPad that some have taken to calling the “iPad notebook.” According to Kuo, that doesn’t seem likely, though some have hinted that mixed signals from Apple’s Asian supply chain have scrambled expectations for the iPad 6, a device that is about one year or so from making its debut, while the iPad 5 isn’t even official yet at this point.