Retina Optimized app icons...

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  1. MikeTheVike macrumors regular

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    When I browse the store it looks like some of the Apps I have installed have high res icons, but they are still low res on my phone. The App hasn't had an update to download so I'm wondering if it's possible they updated the icon without having an official "App Update" Is this possible and can I delete the app and re-install it to get the high res icon if I already paid for the App? Thanks!
     
  2. Bandolier macrumors 6502a

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    App Store only shows low res icons for bandwidth reasons. Except the special themed pages.
     
  3. MikeTheVike thread starter macrumors regular

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    When I browse the app store app on my phone the icons arein high resolution...For instance, I have Skee-Ball installed and the icon in low res. When I search for it on the App store the icon looks nice and high res...
     
  4. Roo Zilla macrumors regular

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    I believe when developers submit an app, they also have to submit the app icon artwork of something like 500x500 size. The App Store uses that for the icons in the store. When you download the app though, it uses the icon that came with the app, and some developers haven't updated yet. Basically, that means you have to wait for the dev to update it.
     
  5. MikeTheVike thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks, I feel like removing any app without an updated icon,haha.
     
  6. rorschach macrumors 68020

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    Make a folder called Crappy Icons and stick all the apps without updated icons in it. ;)
     
  7. tombarnes macrumors 6502

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    Something I've noticed whilst an app is downloading on my iPhone, the icon is high res. But when it finishes, it's low res. (Only for some apps)

    Shown in the pictures below using the IKEA app. What's with that! The icons obviously exist in some form or another. I'm a perfectionist by the way. I like my icons high res.

    [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
  8. The Phazer macrumors 68030

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    Yup. It's pretty annoying that Apple can't use it's control freakery for once to madate that updates must now provide high res icons or the iTunes 500x500 one will be used for their app instead.

    Phazer
     
  9. jeremyisweary macrumors member

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    Hey, do you by chance have a link to your grass wallpaper?

    They need a retina display icon for the app store to go along with the new Game Center one. I hate downloading apps now that haven't updated their resolution. It would be nice to know this ahead of time.
     
  10. Lingham macrumors regular

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    An icon is an icon.
    Does it really amtter if its high res? It does the same job?
     
  11. DePaulBlueDemon macrumors regular

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    Low-res icons look awful on the Retina display.
     
  12. Kendio7 macrumors member

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    Have to agree, annoying when all your other Apps have a nice high resolution icon and there's 1 stood out that hasn't.
     
  13. ozzyman500 macrumors 65816

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    Obviously you've never seen the retina display. I'm fine if the app is still low res most of the times but I prefer a high res icon. How hard is that?
     
  14. Dhelsdon macrumors 65816

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    I am sure developers can spare 30 minutes of their time to upgrade to high res, can't they?

    If not that, then let us artistic people use our own icons!
     
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  16. VforVelveta macrumors regular

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    You can manually update the icons if they bother you that much. There are a few apps I have that have not gotten any updates in a long time, so I assume the developer has stopped working on them and I just made a new icon myself. You don't need to jailbreak, and you can just resize the icon the app uses in iTunes. Instructions at the link below.

    http://lifehacker.com/5647008/change-your-iphones-app-icons-without-jailbreaking
     
  17. Mochi Hana macrumors 6502a

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    As you can see on tombarne's example, the icon is blurry and terrible looking on a retina display. On other iPhones it really doesn't make much of a difference.
     
  18. tombarnes macrumors 6502

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    For anyone who'd like my HIGH RES wallpaper...

    (It looks a little bright on here, but when you get it on your phone it's perfect)

    [​IMG]
     
  19. jeremyisweary macrumors member

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  20. Dhelsdon macrumors 65816

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    That's perfect, Thanks!

    Edit:

    Here's another useful link to a template for photoshop users.
     
  21. tombarnes macrumors 6502

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    Hi, just realised that my wallpaper link is downloading in 533x800 resolution, so here's the full 640x960 version!

    It'll look even better now.

    http://i54.tinypic.com/2nkncw1.png
     
  22. jeremyisweary macrumors member

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    Even better. Thanks!
     
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  24. MikeTheVike thread starter macrumors regular

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    I noticed that also, got my hopes up when I was trying to delete and re-download some low-res icon apps.
     

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