Retina Math - How close do you normally hold the iPad?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by OSMac, Mar 8, 2012.

  1. OSMac, Mar 8, 2012
    Last edited: Mar 8, 2012

    OSMac macrumors 65816

    Jun 14, 2010
    Yesterday, in Apple's Retina Math Class,
    the instructor reminded us the iPhone has more detail at 326ppi
    than our retina can resolve when held 10 inches from our eye.

    He also taught us the iPad even at a lower 264ppi offers
    the same beyond retina resolution when held 15 inches from our eye.

    It all sounded wonderful and was supported by graphs and mathematical formulas,
    but I'm wondering what distance do you hold the iPad and iPhone from your eyes?

  2. eclipseblur954 macrumors regular

    Mar 19, 2011
    the 15" for ipad 10" for iphone is spot on for me
  3. elaniemay macrumors 6502


    Oct 11, 2011
    California, USA
    I just measured since I had a ruler handy. When I am sitting, I have my iPad about 14"-15" away from my eyes. When I am laying down, it is about 10" away.

    My phone is about 10" the majority of the time.
  4. sekazi macrumors 6502

    Jan 12, 2012
    I measured my usual distance with the iPhone and I am usually 12-15" away. I don't know for iPad since I do not have one.
  5. vertigo235 macrumors 6502

    Jun 6, 2009
    Who cares, all I know is that it has 4x the pixels as my current iPad!
  6. jddar macrumors regular


    Aug 7, 2009
    Good grief! I can't believe I just got out the tape measure and actually used it. LOL. I hold my iPad a distance of 15 to 16 inches.
  7. OSMac thread starter macrumors 65816

    Jun 14, 2010
    Well so far it looks like the data supports the claim for most.
    My eyes need a little more distance than recommended to focus.

    I think Phil made mistake yesterday when he said you could hold the iPad 15" or closer for the retina effect, said closer as well about the iPhone.

    As you hold them closer wouldn't you be able to distinguish the pixels easier and lose the effect?

    Looking forward to the display, as mentioned above what matters is its 4x more pixels than the current one !
  8. vertigo235 macrumors 6502

    Jun 6, 2009
    Yeah he did mess up. He meant to say or farther.
  9. falcora macrumors 6502

    Oct 8, 2011
    yup 10" for iPhone and 15" for iPad for me. I have 20/15 vision though. Those pixels aren't going to escape me. Guess I'll have to wait for a double retina display....
  10. JohnDoe98 macrumors 68020

    May 1, 2009
    With 20/15 you shouldn't be able to see detail up close as well as someone with 20/20 or worse. So that means you should be able to hold the iPad even closer than 15". I suppose if you say 20/30 I'd believe the pixels wouldn't escape you!
  11. SteveAbootman macrumors 6502a


    May 12, 2008
    14 for me... looks like I lose out on Retina =/
  12. Actual Size macrumors member

    Feb 24, 2011
  13. whtrbt7 macrumors 65816

    Jun 8, 2011
    My dog prefers to be about 3" away from the screen so her tongue can lick the screen. She thinks the pond app is a water dish :D
  14. greytmom macrumors 68040


    Jun 23, 2010
    I just measured. LOL

    15 inches when sitting up, a little less when lying down.


    The above was for the iPad. iPhone, 10-12 inches.
  15. briceman macrumors member

    Oct 10, 2011
  16. Nightprowler macrumors regular

    Feb 27, 2012
    I was thinking about this too, and if I'm standing I like to have my elbows tucked against my sides for extra stability/support. Assuming I have my head bowed a bit forward I'm at 13 inches (I measured).

    It's probably a bit further if I'm sitting or in a more relaxed position.
  17. The DRis macrumors 6502

    Jun 19, 2010
    Oceanside, CA
    Just checked with a tape measure, what a geek. Haha.

    18-20" on average. Closest would be 12" when I'm really trying to focus in on a crappy picture. Probably around 14" when I'm laying in bed and have it propped up when I'm on my stomach.
  18. Cutwolf macrumors 6502

    Oct 11, 2010
    This is my face. This is the iPad.

    That's to scale.

    So...a few millimeters?
  19. mgipe macrumors demi-god


    Oct 6, 2009

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