Why does my iPad 2 download retina-capatible graphics?

romanhdz

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Does anyone else think that it's a little ridiculous that the App store can't selectively ignore app files that are irrelevant to your hardware? I've already downloaded a couple "retina display ready" updates, but all they seem to do is take up more space...

Seriously Apple, I understand that you don't want to create a fragmented ecosystem, but I'd prefer smaller app sizes.
 

doboy

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Because the apps are designed for both versions. So you want developers to create 2 separate versions for retina and non-retina? :confused:
 

SteveAbootman

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This isn't Apple. A developer can chose to create 2 versions of the same App if they wanted to; just look at the explosion of "HD" apps that came out with the iPad launch. Angry Birds vs Angry Birds HD as the first example that comes to mind.

I actually appreciate devs who are updating apps to be compatible with retina instead of creating new versions and charging customers again for updated graphics.

My 2 cents.
 

romanhdz

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I'm not saying that I'd like for there to be two versions of an app, I'd just prefer the App Store only downloaded the "regular" images for an app instead of the "regular" and the 2X versions (or 2X on the new iPad).
 

doboy

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I'm not saying that I'd like for there to be two versions of an app, I'd just prefer the App Store only downloaded the "regular" images for an app instead of the "regular" and the 2X versions (or 2X on the new iPad).
But that's not possible without creating separate versions.
 

Lukeyy19

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But that's not possible without creating separate versions.
not the with the way the App store works at the moment, but it may be something Apple could implement in the future, if Devs could specify in the coding of an App which parts were for which specific device, then the App Store could only download what's needed for the device it's being downloaded on
 

doboy

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not the with the way the App store works at the moment, but it may be something Apple could implement in the future, if Devs could specify in the coding of an App which parts were for which specific device, then the App Store could only download what's needed for the device it's being downloaded on
However, everything will be retina by then, if Apple even considers doing that.
 

ZBoater

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I dont think this is realistic given the complexities of developing and testing applications. They'd have to be pretty integrated with the Appstore beyond what they are today, which is the submission of a complete app. It would be a major paradigm shift.

I think it'd be best to buy a 64GB iPad and not worry about it. ;)
 

romanhdz

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I dont think this is realistic given the complexities of developing and testing applications. They'd have to be pretty integrated with the Appstore beyond what they are today, which is the submission of a complete app. It would be a major paradigm shift.

I think it'd be best to buy a 64GB iPad and not worry about it. ;)
Because everyone's got a $700 lying around, huh? :rolleyes: