All iPads A Retina Display can Sometimes Work Against You

Discussion in 'iPad' started by Psypher, Nov 26, 2012.

  1. Psypher macrumors member

    Jul 14, 2008
    I purchased an iPad 4 this weekend and absolutely love it. The retina display blows me away. I consider myself a display freak and can pick up on little issues that most people don't seem to see or care about (lucky them). This screen is beautiful and I haven't noticed any flaws yet. My issue is how Retina or HiDPI devices seem a bit ahead of their time and sometimes (many times) makes images look worse.

    Most websites at the moment aren't supporting HiDPI displays. This makes images on most websites appear blurry or blown up. Even menus on websites that use images will look far worse than if using a non-retina device. I am not a web developer but I did some research and websites need to start switching to using Scalable Vector Graphics (svg). These images scale to whatever resolution the browser is using at the time and look great on HiDPI displays. I hope more and more websites adapt to this new standard soon.

    The other disappointment I see is with Apps. Most apps, even popular ones like Angry Birds HD don't seem to support retina. This makes all of these apps look considerably worse than on my Wife's iPad Mini which is displaying the apps in their native resolution. I can't seem to find a way to tell if an app supports retina before I buy it. If anyone can tell me that would be great. I hate paying for apps just to find out afterward that they look terrible on my beautiful Retina Display.

    I'm just saying that there's a definite disadvantage to having a Retina Display this early in the game. When a website or app is designed for it, it blows everything away. But right now in many uses it can actually make things look far worse. I can see people making an argument that the Mini actually displays most apps and web pages better than the Retina iPads. It's just something else to consider when making the decision to go Mini or Full size. What do you all think? Does anyone else care?
  2. Menel macrumors 603


    Aug 4, 2011
    Why would a website developer update their website if no retina displays exist?

    Angry Birds is Retina optimized. Something is wrong with your eyes, and there goes pretty much all credibility to your rant.
  3. mds1256 macrumors regular

    Apr 9, 2011
    I am a web developer and can tell you that is not the case. SVG graphics are only supported on some newer browsers and would be great if everyone used the same and the most up-to-date browser version. But in the real world this is far from the norm.

    I have recently updated my website to take into account the retina graphics (mainly because I use a MacBook Pro Retina) but at the minute Retina screens are not particular popular (in computers). Tablet browsing is becoming the winner, overtaking Computer browsing so since iPads are the leading internet browser (for the tablet market) then it in my opinion web developers should now start to upgrade graphics to retina style ones.

    This also brings in other issues (bandwidth with the higher resolution graphics, load times etc).

    The quickest and easiest way of retinaizing the website is to double the size of all the graphics. e.g. on a website the graphic may be 200 x 300px. You would make it 400 x 600px which allows for Pixel Doubling and the graphic will be sharp on retina screens.
  4. barkomatic macrumors 68040

    Aug 8, 2008
    It sounds like you're trying to justify a mini purchase and get affirmation that the retina display doesn't really matter.

    Occasionally, there will be an element of a webpage not optimized for a HD display, but it rare. The fact that text is razor sharp in all cases is why I'll never go for less than a retina display now that I'm used to one.
  5. macrumors 68000

    May 25, 2012
    I am going to be grabbing a 4 or maybe 3 (if I can get it cheap enough) pretty soon here. I am pretty excited to see the diff. My current tablet is a touchpad lol.
  6. Psypher thread starter macrumors member

    Jul 14, 2008
    I'm just saying that it's too bad at this point that the retina display isn't uncompromising. I'm sure users of rMBP's are having the same issues with apps that haven't been optimized for retina screens. I would still choose retina over non-retina any day and the more people who use it, the more developers will support it.

    For some reason, Angry Birds HD free still appears non-retina for me. Maybe they just optimized the paid edition or maybe I'm behind on an update. I can just look at the icon and tell it's blurry. Whereas Angry Birds Space HD is definitely retina capable. The problem is that there's no way for me as a consumer to know this until after I purchase it. It should say it in the description where it shows which which devices it's compatible with.
  7. kycophpd macrumors 6502a


    Jun 7, 2009
    Louisville, Kentucky
    If you have ever run across a high definition porn on a retina display, you wont want it to happen again. Every wrinkle, line and pimple shows up in great clarity... or so I have heard.
  8. darngooddesign macrumors G3

    Jul 4, 2007
    Atlanta, GA
    That's weird. The HD in the name indicates Retina support. Did you try deleting and reinstalling?
  9. mattopotamus macrumors G5


    Jun 12, 2012
    #9 you heard
  10. BRyken macrumors 6502

    Jul 17, 2008
  11. djransom macrumors 68040


    May 14, 2008
  12. NATO macrumors 68000


    Feb 14, 2005
    Northern Ireland
    Angry Birds 'HD' just means one optimised for iPad resolution (Originally 1024x768). The menus are definitely retina optimised, however the actual game is clearly a lower resolution, probably just 1024x768 stretched to the retina resolution.
  13. stuaz macrumors 6502

    Jun 16, 2012
    I personally find browsing Websites on my RMBP fine. Most websites seem pretty clear but then I don't sit that close to my laptop to be able to notice every pixel in the picture.

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