Rumor points to iPad HD name for next iPad

Tomorrow morning, Apple will finally show its third-generation iPad to the world. Today, the iPad 3 rumor mill is grinding harder than ever. The rumor du jour, fresh from the folks at CNet, is that Apple's new baby won't be called iPad 3 at all. It will be dubbed the iPad HD.

This isn't the first time we've heard that nameā€”The Verge used it to refer to the device last July. However, CNet News says it's gotten confirmation from a "developer who's previously provided reliable information with respect to things Apple" that the "HD" suffix will indeed be used.

The suffix no doubt refers to the device's high-DPI display, which is as good as officially confirmed. Whispers have suggested a 2048x1536 resolution for the device, which would be exactly four times the regular iPad's 1024x768. Quadrupling the pixel count would allow for easily scaling of unoptimized content, since Apple could map four new pixels to each old pixel. Apple did the same thing with its phones a couple years back. The pixel count went up from 320x480 on the iPhone 3G and 3GS to 640x960 on the iPhone 4 and 4S.

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