All iPads Retina Display Becoming Obsolete?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by RVijay007, Nov 22, 2013.

  1. wermy macrumors regular

    Apr 15, 2013
    I think there's some confusion here. A "retina" display does not refer to a specific resolution, but a specific pixel density (combined with an expected average distance that the screen will be from the user's face). They've got a fancy equation for it and everything.

    If the iPhone (or iPad) screens get bigger (which it sounds like they might), then yes they will need to pack more pixels in to maintain the "retina" status.
  2. deeddawg macrumors 604

    Jun 14, 2010
    There's ALWAYS a newer/better device coming out "next year"

    Can you discern the individual pixels on a current 264-326ppi display in normal usage?

    If not, what benefit do you expect from a higher resolution display?

    I imagine there will be some benefit if you dig into it, but we're already into the territory of "just noticeable differences"...
  3. Cell-666 macrumors 6502a

    May 3, 2011
    And who knows what the future will bring from Apple. The article seems to be basing a lot of I formation for Samsung.

    Besides, anything you buy tech wise will be obsolete with in week really.
  4. Menel macrumors 603


    Aug 4, 2011
    I cant tell a difference in fidelity between my technician's 440ppi HTC, and my 326ppi iPhone.

    More poxels mean more gpu cycles used. Means more heat and power and less battery.
    Tinnier poxels mean more backlight strength needed to acheive same brightness. Again less battery.

    Spec sheet competitions aren't always beneficial to the consumer.
  5. brentsg macrumors 68040

    Oct 15, 2008
    Good grief, that's an amazingly terrible article.
  6. chabig macrumors 601

    Sep 6, 2002
    Yes. Next year, Apple's competitors 'might' have this or that feature that looks better on paper than what Apple is shipping today. Don't worry about it.
  7. Whoakapi macrumors regular

    May 26, 2010
    With a density of 326 PPI all screen manufacturers can compete on now is GAMUT!

    The Retina Mini is doomed, I tell ya.
  8. deeddawg macrumors 604

    Jun 14, 2010
    Indeed, best just send me yours right now. I'll be sure to take care of it just fine.

    By the way, what's the gamut on a kindle paperwhite? :D
  9. mykelala01 macrumors 6502


    May 17, 2009

    The great Steve Jobs once said your eye won't see anything beyond retina. So if there is any display better than retina you won't even notice it.
  10. yegon macrumors 68030

    Oct 20, 2007
    Nigam Arora should put a dictionary at the top of his Xmas/birthday/relevant holiday wishlist methinks.
  11. darngooddesign macrumors G3

    Jul 4, 2007
    Atlanta, GA
    I don't think the author of that article understands what obsolete means.
  12. Shoco macrumors newbie

    Nov 22, 2013
    Going beyond 330ish ppi is actually a downgrade, especially if you like gaming.

    It doesn't improve the sharpness by a noticeable amount, but on the other hand it does put more constraints on the device to drive all those extra pixels, which means worse battery life and worse performance (especially 3D intensive games).

    And if that wasn't enough, because the resolution is so high you then need actual content in that native resolution, otherwise it's pointless and actually looks worse than on a lower res screen, and since there's almost no content in more than 1080p you do the math.

    It's a downgrade, just a marketing gimmick.
  13. OneBagTravel macrumors 6502


    Oct 18, 2013
    Wait ever year for the new tech in the following year and you'll never buy anything.
  14. thresk macrumors newbie

    Nov 20, 2013
    I will be returning my iPad Air as soon as I get it. Thank you for the article....
  15. McGiord macrumors 601


    Oct 5, 2003
    Dark Castle
    Certainly there is not enough content available at 4K or UHD, and if there is I would prefer to watch in a way bigger screen than my iPhone.

    Obviously if the AirPlay capabilities allow for this to be streamed from my iPhone to my TV this is very welcome.

    However I agree with you who mention that obsolete is not really the right term to describe this.

    Browsing in iOS 7 in Safari in an iPhone 5 is really annoying nowadays, the screen is all cramped with the time on the top and the navigation controls at the bottom, this might be improved with a bigger screen.

    Otherwise unless the iPhone camera can actually capture those higher resolution images and videos there will be not much advantage unless the streaming services like Hulu, Netflix, and many others offer them.
  16. Señor macrumors 6502


    Jun 20, 2013
    United States
    Retina Display is far from obsolete.

    Journalist are just hired to say stupid things.

    Nobody really knows what's coming up next. This is all speculation.

    But of course it'll be better next year.
  17. s2mikey macrumors 68020


    Sep 23, 2013
    Upstate, NY
    I actually believe that. Same issue with the new 4K TVs that they are in such a hurry to sell everyone. It was hard enough for the average joe to even see a big difference between blubray and DVD which should be quite obvious unless you are blind.

    Not saying apple won't update the displays but that's the last thing they end to work on IMO.
  18. Jades macrumors 6502

    Oct 15, 2012

    That was the first thing that came to my mind as well. When he was introducing iphone 4
  19. SHirsch999 macrumors 6502a

    Apr 19, 2011
  20. richardbb85 macrumors 6502a

    Dec 9, 2009
    Yea that, can't play the waiting game with technology
  21. Tork macrumors regular


    Oct 14, 2006
    This article is incredibly poorly researched, and is a perfect example of a lack of understanding of both the difference between resolution and pixel density and the limit of the capability of the human retina...
  22. DisplacedMic macrumors 65816

    May 1, 2009
  23. FrozenDarkness macrumors 65816

    Mar 21, 2009
    did you really post an article from marketwatch? the apple hating specialists?

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