iPad 2 "will not have Retina Display"

John Gruber gazumps chat of super high res tablet screen

Daring Fireball man plays down recent chatter about iPad 2's screen.

The iPad 2 will not come with a Retina Display according to Apple watcher and Daring Fireball man John Gruber. The news comes as rampant gossip around the web suggested the next-gen slate would have a power-hungry 2048x1536 panel.

Gruber’s claims directly contradict Engadget’s sources, who say a Retina Display is on the cards. But on Daring Fireball, Gruber said, “I asked around, and according to my sources, it is too good to be true: the iPad 2 does not have a retina display. I believe the iPad 2's display will remain at 1024 × 768. Its display may be improved in other ways - brighter, better power consumption, thinner, perhaps.”

A Retina Display iPad could happen in the future though. Gruber even reckons Apple is testing them now in Cupertino.

The iPad 2 had been expected to rock up in the next few weeks, but recent rumours have suggested Apple will now unveil the slate around the first anniversary of the tablet’s release in March. Either way, our dreams of even more stunning visuals on the iPad may have to wait a while.

Via Daring Fireball and MacRumors