Won't the resolution on the iPad mini be a problem?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by guspasho, Oct 24, 2012.

  1. guspasho macrumors regular

    Apr 13, 2011
    Okay so now that we know what it is, I can finally ask. Up until now, wasn't the dot pitch consistent across iOS devices? I mean, the UI guidelines have some specific requirements about keeping the size of targets and some other things at a minimum size. But it seems the iPad Mini upends all this. Won't this still be a problem for developers?
  2. kayno macrumors regular


    Aug 19, 2008
    Phelps Land
    It's the exact same resolution on a smaller screen.. Developers have to do absolutely nothing to their existing apps..
  3. guspasho thread starter macrumors regular

    Apr 13, 2011
    And that means everything on the screen is physically smaller. The UI guidelines has a minimum hit target size of 44x44 pixels. Apple chose that pixel size because it's a direct translation to a physical size. But that's no longer consistent with the iPad Mini. And what if developers had been relying on a consistent dot pitch to translate screen elements to a consistent physical size, for app-specifica and not just UI reasons? I can't think of any examples, maybe there are none. But that's why I'm asking.
  4. jabingla2810 macrumors 68020

    Oct 15, 2008
    Resolution won't be, but screen size might be.

    Developers will probably start developing apps with both screen sizes in mind.

    I can't see it being a massive issue though.
  5. Noisemaker Guest

    Mar 13, 2009
    The size difference isn't dramatic enough to warrant UI changes in 99.99% of cases.

    One of the big reasons they went with this size screen is so that developers wouldn't need to do anything, and customers get instant gratification.
  6. Jessica Lares macrumors G3

    Jessica Lares

    Oct 31, 2009
    Near Dallas, Texas, USA
    No, because it's only 2 inches which is not that very much.

    If you're talking about games, I can say (because I have the Kindle Fire), that something on a 10.1 inch screen looks just as great on a 7". Being that the Mini has almost an inch more, it's going to be much better even.
  7. dingclancy macrumors newbie

    Aug 4, 2011
    Here is a post from Gruber on this issue. http://daringfireball.net/2012/08/ipad_mini_even_througher
  8. yabai macrumors member

    Apr 27, 2007
    It sounds like it shouldn't be an issue of screen size shrinking, but the PPI and the physical size of the icons and such. If I read all the info correctly, the iPad mini's PPI is the same 163 as the iPhone 3GS, so there should be no problem with the majority of the tappable areas in most apps. That PPI worked on the iPhones prior to the 4 just fine, so it shouldn't be a problem here.
  9. dtommyd macrumors newbie

    Apr 1, 2008
    Minnesota USA
    That's a good point about the minimum size of the buttons. The numbers all made sense before all the retina era. The resolution war feels alot like the camera megapixel war. I'll be happy when it's to the point we don't worry about it anymore. Maybe after the iphone goes to 4k. The thinness issue is getting to be a bit much now too. Can we agree everything is thin enough? Next time add more battery.
  10. fizzwinkus macrumors 6502a

    Jan 27, 2008
    i won't be satisfied with thinness until I'm holding razor blade shaped iphones and iPads
  11. Poochi macrumors 6502a


    Jul 30, 2010
    My first impression when I saw the iMac during keynote, "will it cut?"
  12. Anti-Lucifer macrumors 6502a

    Mar 9, 2012
  13. noteple macrumors 65816


    Aug 30, 2011
    Its the same pixel count, layout as an iPad 2 and they work just fine :)
  14. fizzwinkus macrumors 6502a

    Jan 27, 2008
    it will be somewhat sharper than the ipad 2 since the pixels are more densely packed
  15. Anti-Lucifer macrumors 6502a

    Mar 9, 2012
    It's EXACTLY like an iphone 3GS - just look at an ipod 2nd gen if you have one laying around. See the pixels? Now the same pixels will be present but spread all around at 7.9".
  16. susa macrumors regular

    Oct 3, 2009
  17. Dekard macrumors 6502


    Sep 7, 2011
    Dallas, Texas
    It looks great on an ipad2, it will look even better on a mini.
  18. jclardy macrumors 68040


    Oct 6, 2008
    iPad mini is 163 PPI. Same PPI as original iPhone and iPod touch. Meaning 44x44 px touch targets are the exact same physical size.

    It is smaller than the original iPad's larger 132 PPI, but it is a smaller device.

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