Apple is likely to introduce a new iPad Air with Retina HD display comparable to that of the iPhone 6 Plus.
This possibility is suggested by new evidence unearthed by developer Hamza Sood in the iOS 8.1 beta 2, which was released yesterday.
As highlighted by Sood in a screenshot he shared on Twitter (pictured above), a number of “@3x” image assets for iPad are included in the new beta version of the upcoming software update. This hints at the imminent launch of a new iPad model, probably the next-generation iPad Air, with an enhanced display that requires assets at a resolution higher even than “@2x” for Retina displays.
— Hamza Sood (@hamzasood) October 9, 2014
The iPhone 6 Plus, with a 1,920 x 1,080 resolution and a 401 ppi pixel density, uses @3x assets, but the iPhone 6, with a 1,334 x 750 resolution and a 326 ppi pixel density (the same as that of the iPhone 5s) doesn’t. Apple, however, markets both devices’ displays as Retina HD.
Apple is expected to unveil the new iPad Air along with a new version of the iPad mini at its special media event on Thursday, Oct. 16.
The second beta version of iOS 8.1 has been previously found by Sood to contain a setup screen for Apple Pay, the company’s new mobile payment service reportedly set for launch alongside the software update on Oct. 20.