Retina Display-Ready Apps and the iPad2- Concerns

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  1. marc55, Mar 13, 2012
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    The thread below entitled "Great article to consider" posted by "Southernboyj" raises concerns about the size and storage crunch of the new Retina Display-Ready Apps, however, my concern is since the New iPad has a new chip optimized to run the new Apps, what is the effect on the older iPads?

    Here's the article: http://www.cio.in/news/retina-display-ready-apps-and-coming-ipad-storage-crunch-236502012

    From reading the article, it appears these new Apps will run on all devices, and if so, will older devices like the iPad2 run slower with these larger Apps.

    Sure the older Non- Retina Display-Ready Apps will still be around, but you can be sure that they will now fall into the Legacy category by the developers, and all the effort will now go into development of the newer Retina Display-Ready Apps which will eventually dominate the market.

    So to me, this is a greater concern than the Coming iPad Storage Crunch the article is referring to.

    While I am happy with my new iPad2, I fear that it will run slower with the new Retina Display-Ready Apps and it looks like I will be returning it for the new iPad.
     
  2. HelveticaNeue macrumors 6502a

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    The iPad 2 won't run slower just because apps are optimized for Retina Display. The apps are only larger because the image files suiting the Retina Display are massive, but on a non-Retina iPad these images won't be used or even loaded into RAM. Only the new iPad will load the Retina images.

    Apple's apps are already Retina-ready and there are no slow downs on the iPad 2.
     
  3. marc55 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I would think that something in the iPad2 has to sort through what to load and what ot to load, and wouldn't that slow it down?

    What about text?
     
  4. xSwift macrumors newbie

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    Text won't consume more storage, it's rendered by the app at runtime.
     
  5. ripkord macrumors 6502

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    text is text, the graphics chip will render text separately, so theres no difference in the source material. there isnt retina- only text for example.
     
  6. homeboy macrumors 6502

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    That wouldn't have to be the case if texts and objects are designed in vector. Even if there were two sets of graphics of either devices, the iPad 2 would simply only use files from a specific folder and wouldn't need to sort through anything at all.
     
  7. mortenandersen macrumors 6502

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    Will the new Retina versions of the apps be bigger also in iPad 2?

    I hope and think you're right regarding that the Retina made apps used in iPad 2 will not make the device slower. But what about the amount of storage of the app in the iPad 2? You wrote that the "files suiting the Retina Display are massive": Does this mean that upgrading an existing iPad 2 app to a new Retina version of the same app will take hold of much for storage memory of the iPad 2, even though the massive files in question obviously cannot be used in the iPad 2? This is perhaps something to be worried about?
     
  8. HelveticaNeue macrumors 6502a

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    Absolutely, these apps will now take up 2 or 3 times as much space out of your iPads 16, 32 or 64GB. It is sucky.
     
  9. Night Spring macrumors G5

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    Not really. It's like a fraction of a fraction of a second to sort what to load. Compared to the time it takes to load graphics, time that it takes to figure out what to load is miniscule.
     
  10. Chupa Chupa macrumors G5

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    Wirelessly posted (Mozilla/5.0 (iPhone; CPU iPhone OS 5_1 like Mac OS X) AppleWebKit/534.46 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/5.1 Mobile/9B176 Safari/7534.48.3)

    How is this different from any other computer. There is always "cutting edge" s/w designed with the latest hardware in mind & basic programs that run fine on 6 yr old boxes.

    As a consumer you have to decide what your needs are and buy appropriately.
     
  11. mortenandersen macrumors 6502

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    In other words...

    I would say that I will think twice before upgrading an existing app, then, and I hope the description of the changes made in the upgrade will inform us about this capacity demand, due to the Retina Display.
     
  12. HelveticaNeue macrumors 6502a

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    I think you will find most apps will list iOS 5.1 support and Retina Display images in the change logs of their updates.
     
  13. hefeglass macrumors 6502a

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    first thing to do with my new iPad....?




    worry about everything involving it!!!!
     
  14. mattraehl macrumors 6502

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    It will be interesting to see what the actual numbers are. I don't have a strong sense of what percentage of a typical app's size is taken up by graphics, vs the actual binaries, sounds, and user data. There will definitely be an impact but I'm not sure it will be a factor of 2 or 3.
     
  15. HelveticaNeue macrumors 6502a

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    Yeah, I realized that after what another commenter said. It does depend on the type of app and how many images it has versus other data types. I was just going off the Apple apps which have updated, which include iMovie and Garage Band.
     
  16. Jason S. macrumors 6502a

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    Nope. Apps will have graphics for iPad 2 and lower, and graphics for third-gen iPad and higher.

    The image files are named something like this...
    Regular graphics: name_of_image.png
    Retina graphics: name_of_image@2x.png

    If the iPad has a "Retina" display, it will load the @2x files. If it's an older iPad, it won't even try to load them. If the app hasn't been updated yet with high-resolution graphics, the third-gen iPad will just fall-back and use the regular graphics.

    If an app is specified to work on a first-gen iPad or iPad 2, it must include the "non-retina" graphics.

    In short, you have nothing to worry about, except the file size of applications. Once an application is updated with "retina" graphics, its size will increase, even if you don't have a new iPad with the high-resolution display.
     
  17. mortenandersen macrumors 6502

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    Then THIS is the real problem and potential worry...

    The main point (and big problem to avoid) for me (as long as I have an iPad 2) is exactly the possible huge increase of the file size of apps due to the "retina" graphics.

    It remains to be seen how big this issue turns out to be. It seems to be a possible "killing my iPad 2 softly" issue (if not aware of it and avoid it). But one never knows. At least not yet.
     
  18. DS3 macrumors 6502a

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    They won't run slower, but it is kind of ridiculous that iPad 1/2 owners are going to have large app size increases with zero benefits to them.

    Apple needs to finally get on their whole download system.. introduce actual update downloads rather than the whole thing over again, download a package for your device not a retina one, lite edition/demos on the same page as the premium....
     
  19. marc55, Mar 14, 2012
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    Thanks for the explanation.

    The final concern I have is how long will the developers continue to write code for the ipad 1 & 2 Apps?

    I know the Apps that cost $$ will more than likely continue to see updates/enhancements, but I can imagine in the near future that free Apps will only be updated/enhanced for ipad3, and that new Apps will only be written for ipad?
     
  20. Nova Sensei macrumors 6502

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    You can worry yourself silly about this, or you can trust in the fact that Apple values the user experience second only to it's big old pile 'o money. The choice is yours, but I think you're wasting your time stressing about it.
     
  21. d0vr macrumors 6502a

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    Uhh.. what? Why would larger images on the 3 slow down the 2? The 2 does use the retina images (@2x modifier to the rescue) and I think theoretically, app developers could even release different versions for different devices if they were that concerned about size...

    So iPad 1/2 owners wouldn't need to download bigger files.
     
  22. memko macrumors member

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    you mean that the retina ready app will occupy on ipad2 the same space it occupies on the new ipad??
     
  23. irDigital0l Guest

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    Yes, they do.
     
  24. memko macrumors member

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    Thank you very much :)
     

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