Tag Archive for ‘Retina Display’

Apple Replaces iPad 2 with iPad with Retina Display ➝

I’ve wanted a new iPad for a year or so, but haven’t been able to actually put the cash on the counter for one. Part of the reason for this is that spending another $500-600 on a tablet isn’t something I want to do right now. The iPad 2 was something I considered but ultimately decided against because of how much slower it is than other iPads available. The iPad 4, though, is much more intriguing.

On Apple’s Future Retina Cinema Displays ➝

Marco Arment:

To bring Retina to the 27” iMac and 27” Thunderbolt Display, Apple doesn’t need to wait until 5120×2880 panels are available. They can launch them at the next-lowest common resolution and use software scaling to let people simulate it if they want, or display things slightly larger at perfect native resolution.

This is exactly how I expect Apple to engineer their Retina Cinema Displays.

The iPad mini and the Lack of Retina ➝

Marco Arment on the iPad mini’s lack of Retina display:

Imagine the fallout if a Retina Mini shipped with only three hours of battery life, or was inelegantly thick and heavy. Or, very importantly to the iPad’s market, imagine if its GPUs were slower and it ran existing iPad games extremely poorly. And then add the component-price differences: imagine a Retina iPad Mini that was bulkier, shorter-running, or much slower (or all three) and that started at $399 instead of $329.

That’s why we don’t have a Retina iPad Mini yet. It’s not only about price: it’s because the resulting product would suck in at least two other important ways.

I also believe the lack of Retina display has a lot to do with manufacturing yields. Packing that many pixels into a display that size isn’t easy, and being able to manufacture them at a large enough scale to meet demand is likely something Apple was worried about. But the bottom line is,  if Apple could have released the iPad mini with a Retina display, they would have.

The Problem with the Camera You Have with You ➝

Marco Arment:

As part of my 2012 computer-setup shuffle, I also replaced my laptop with a Retina MacBook Pro, and the first thing it screams for is a high-resolution desktop wallpaper. Great, I thought, I’ll just use one of my photos[…] Almost nothing I’ve shot since 2010 is usable.

Most of the photos I’ve taken over the past few years have, like Marco, been taken with my iPhone. I’ve thought about the implications of taking photos with an inferior camera but largely ignored them because taking photos with the iPhone was so much more convenient. But, Marco points out that we won’t be able to settle for much longer. Retina displays will eventually find their way into all of our devices. And, when they get there I don’t want all of my photos to look like junk on them. I hope that Apple will be able to dramatically improve the quality of the iPhone’s camera system by then, but I’m not sure if that’s a realistic expectation. Needless to say, I have a feeling I’ll be in the market for an SLR some time in the not-too-distant future.

MacBook Pro with Retina Display ➝

The amazing new MacBook Pro with Retina Display. What an amazing piece of technology. And, for everyone complaining about the price, just remember that the MacBook Air debuted at $1799 and now starts at $999. We’re just a few short years away from Apple knocking nearly $1000 off that $2199 price point.

Also, I suggest watching the MacBook Pro video, I absolutely love how they designed the fan system to help keep the perceived noise level to a minimum.