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iBooks graphics may have contained a clue to iPad 2

February 24, 2011 | 11:32 am


A red-ribbon bookmark that appeared in the iBooks app provided clues to the iPad 2, according to a report from Apple Insider and MacRumors.com.

Technology hounds wondering about the resolution of Apple's not-yet-announced iPad found what they thought to be clues in January, buried in a version of iBooks. Many hoped the screen of the iPad 2 would have a higher resolution, as the iPhone 4's resolution was higher than the iPhone 3.

At its highest, the resolution of the iPad 2 might be the high display of the iPhone 4, often called the "retina" display because it is said to be the crispest image a human eye can determine. A slightly lower version, which MacRumors.com calls "pixel-double," was also considered a possibility, because of the ease it would provide developers who create programs for the iPhone and iPad.

MacRumors.com found a red-ribbon bookmark icon in iBooks, and it appeared to be created for the pixel-double resolution, it reported in January:

Version 1.1 of Apple's iBooks application seems to have accidentally included some artwork for this hypothetical pixel-doubled iPad. As shown [here], the App's bookmark icon included versions for the iPad, the iPhone and the iPhone Retina Display (iPhonex2). It, however, also included one additional version labeled "iPadx2". Sure enough, this is exactly double the resolution version of the iPad icon and is distinct from the other versions. The most likely explanation for this added graphic is plans for a double-resolution iPad.

Additional reports followed that another graphic in the program was similarly sized and named. However, the higher-resolution graphics were removed from subsequent updates of the iBooks app.

The iPad 2 is expected to be announced on March 2 in San Francisco.


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Photo: The iBooks app on the original iPad. Credit: Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times