Beta version logs often show evidence of new devices that have yet to see the light. That is enough to recall references in iMac OS X Yosemite code with Retina display . But today we will focus on the beta version of iOS 8.1 beta 2 and found evidence showing a new HD retina display for the iPad to be released.
With the advent of Retina display on mobile devices, Apple has introduced such a thing as a scaling factor. For Retina it equaled the value of 2x – that is, all the elements in a lower resolution drawn in double precision using the software, not adapted for high resolution display. The advent of iPhone 6 Plus and Retina HD display led Apple to add a new scaling factor – 3. Not without some trickery on the part of the American company, but that’s another story.
In the tablet Apple has used conventional displays (iPad, iPad 2 and iPad mini), as well as displays Retina (iPad 3, iPad 4, iPAd Air and iPad mini display Retina). Respectively, were required only interface elements with a resolution greater than 2x. However, in the latest beta version of iOS 8.1 were found new elements supporting higher resolution and, as a consequence, a scaling factor of 3.
What does this mean for us? Exactly two main options. Firstly, Apple may already be on October 16 to show the new iPad Air with a larger display resolution and greater pixel density. On such a device was not even a rumor, so the probability of this particular scenario is not very large. Secondly, it may be blank interface elements for 12.9-inch iPad Pro. About the device does not stop talking and it may very well be that the development of a tablet is at the stage where Apple can afford to include elements of the interface for it in beta iOS, available to a wide range of users.
So, we wait for the announcement on October 16 tablet with a display Retina HD. But what exactly it will be iPad, time will tell and the coming presentation.