How do I turn off retina?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by Puevlo, Sep 19, 2012.

  1. Puevlo macrumors 6502a

    Oct 21, 2011
    I read that although the battery in the iPad 3 is bigger since the retina display uses up more power the battery life ends up slightly less. So how can I turn off the retina display and just have a normal display like the iPad 2? I couldn't find anything in settings. Thanks.
  2. rovex macrumors 65816

    Feb 22, 2011
  3. Oohara macrumors 68020


    Jun 28, 2012
    It isn't.
  4. barkomatic macrumors 68040

    Aug 8, 2008
    To be fair the OP might have assumed this can be done on an iPad because you can indeed adjust the resolution on a desktop/laptop computer--as you know.

    Not sure why 10 people had to make the same point that it can't be done though. Not everyone who comes here to ask a question has an extensive knowledge.
  5. Vantage Point macrumors 65816

    Mar 1, 2010
    New Jersey
    Computers have the ability to change the resolution of the screen. The iPad does not :(
  6. Coldmode macrumors regular

    Mar 10, 2010
    Most of the answers here haven't been exactly helpful, so I'm going to answer your question assuming it's a real inquiry.

    The reason the iPad 3 uses more battery than the iPad 2 is that there are more physical pixels in its display. Even assuming you could change the screen resolution on the iPad (which you can't), the lower resolution setting would still draw the same amount of power because it's using the same number of pixels to draw a blurrier picture. If you're in search of extra battery life, I'd recommend setting the brightness a little lower or turning off LTE or Wi-Fi when you don't need it.
  7. Stetrain macrumors 68040

    Feb 6, 2009
    The reason for the larger battery is mostly because the higher pixel density display requires a more powerful backlight to achieve the same brightness.

    That's a function of the physical density of "stuff" in the display panel that light must pass through. You can't change that via a software setting.

    The best you could do to increase battery life regarding the display would be to lower the screen brightness.
  8. bearda macrumors 6502

    Dec 2, 2005
    Germantown, MD
    The problem is that adjusting the resolution of the display doesn't make a difference in terms of power usage, even on a normal computer. The power draw is from lighting up 4 times as many pixels. Even if you set the resolution low so you're not trying to control them separately they're still there. It may reduce the GPU utilization a bit, but the display is going to have a similar current draw regardless of the resolution it's set to on an LCD. Software can't change the number of pixels on the display.
  9. 840quadra Moderator


    Staff Member

    Feb 1, 2005
    Twin Cities Minnesota

    Let's keep this thread on topic. Remember, there are various level of technical aptitude on these forums. Any further insults , off topic posts will be dealt with individually.
  10. MacMane macrumors regular

    May 1, 2009
    Orlando, Fl
    So the very slightly less longer battery life is bothersome to you?

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