Where are the retina apps?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by kis, Jun 29, 2012.

  1. kis macrumors 65816

    Aug 10, 2007
    Anyone else wondering why there don't seem to be any retina-ready apps popping up? Adoption is seemingly very slow to nonexistent. Either it's a pain in the butt to make the necessary modifications or the devs are waiting for their own rMBPs to arrive before they can even get started.

    Perhaps Apple should make sure that devs get theirs first?
  2. Icy1007 macrumors 65816


    Feb 26, 2011
    Cleveland, OH
    It takes time. The rMBP has not been out for very long. Patience.
  3. trsblader macrumors 6502

    May 20, 2011
    I would assume since most people are still waiting for their rMBP that the devs are still waiting as well. Hard to publish for something you don't own. There's already a few page thread that is constantly being updated with retina ready apps. Perhaps you could bookmark that and check back to it often to see what's being updated.
  4. Fortimir macrumors 6502a


    Sep 5, 2007
    Indianapolis, IN
    I actually agree, that from a user experience perspective, this would be beneficial when introducing a new tech that really needs adoption out of the gate.

    BUT it flies in the face of Apple's "secret until launch" methodology... so it will never happen.
  5. fizzwinkus macrumors 6502a

    Jan 27, 2008
    to be fair, they did release the retina machine at a developer conference. software development takes time and it hasn't even been three weeks yet. as much a deal we make out of things, we're all buying 2,200+ machines knowing full well that dev support for that retina display is only just starting.

    i'm willing to bet that six months from now, we'll be swimming in retina apps.
  6. thermodynamic Suspended


    May 3, 2009
    Apple is very secretive.

    In the past, after a new OS release, developers would take ~6 months to get updated programs out.

    Maybe, for this instance, Apple could have set up a NDA or something but they're not forced at gunpoint to help developers have stuff the moment their new gadget is released. This is, of course, a free market and nobody is forced to do anything...

    Still, any Retina owner thinking websites will be optimized should look at how much bandwidth fees cost the owners... :eek: Bandwidth and network infrastructure is "not there" nationally yet, and as wireless broadband is still slower than cabled connections, it's going to take a long while for the increased resolution to be fully supported worldwide...
  7. vladzaharia macrumors regular

    Jul 5, 2010
    Have you ever done software development? It takes time. It's not like you can think "Become Retina!" and it'll magically work. Assets (images) take time to create, and the bigger the team, the harder it is to release something quickly.

    Furthermore, as has been said, it's hard to see what your product looks like if you don't have a machine in front of you. Most people aren't willing to release something they haven't seen working on the product.

    App Store approval also takes time.
  8. SpyderBite macrumors 65816


    Oct 4, 2011
    Download Xcode & get on the job. The app store is not a McDonalds drive thru.
  9. Aldaris macrumors 68000


    Sep 7, 2004
    Salt Lake
    You mean you can't just click the "publish as retina" button?:roll eyes:

    I think only 3 Applications were profiled, all somewhat large and respectful of Apple (Adobe, AutoCAD, and Blizzard) all were probably just told by apple, hey we have a new display coming with huge resolutions, could you put together a few builds for our keynote, and you'll have a heads up to get your app's up before anyone else, just keep your mouth shut to the public.

    Give it time, it's really only been about two weeks.

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