What is the ideal size to display a photo on the new iPad?

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by coreysandler, Mar 8, 2012.

  1. coreysandler macrumors newbie

    Feb 5, 2010
    San Diego, California
    2048 pixels wide and 72 dpi? 96 dpi? does this matter?
  2. emorydunn macrumors 6502


    Jun 5, 2006
    Austin Texas
    I think the "ideal" resolution and dimensions would be to use the native resolution and dimensions, which is around 240 PPI at 2048x1536 I believe. It's actually somewhat close to print resolution.
  3. G5isAlive macrumors 6502a

    Aug 28, 2003
    won't it just scale to fit the screen regardless of dpi, so ultimately isn't it the pixel dimensions alone that are the critical number? i.e. 2048 x 1536?
  4. Ruahrc macrumors 65816

    Jun 9, 2009
    Correct, only the pixel dimensions matter

    Arguably, the iPad3 resolution is so high that 1:1 pixel matching is not necessary, because your eyes cannot distinguish individual pixels on the ipad screen. That is the whole point behind "retina" level resolution.
  5. Laird Knox macrumors 68000

    Jun 18, 2010
    Keep in mind that your dimensions will be slightly off if you are talking about a web page. Safari is going to use up some of that screen real estate.
  6. motorazr macrumors 6502


    Oct 24, 2006
    The Frozen Waste...wait. Duluth, Minnesota.
    For photos themselves, I've experienced that the iPad 2 does a great job of scaling full-resolution 18MP photos to fit in a crisp manor; I can't imagine the new iPad would do anything less except allow an even more exceptional view to begin with.

    Although as noted, web-pages are special.. I deal with these some and the original iPad has already been a challenge for clients who don't want to make new iPad / iPhone sites but expect images to magically double or triple normal resolution seamlessly...

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