Retina Display

Posted: August 22, 2010 in Thoughts

With the incredibly dense ppi of the new iPhone 4, will we we this filter through to the Mac? — I definitely think so.

Sooner or later, we will see an industry-wide transition from standard ppi to “HD-ppi”. However, there are a few technical issues with handling the transition, the most prominent of them being the content that already exists. If the ‘Retina Display’ pixel density of the iPhone 4 were to be applied to say a Macbook Pro 15.3” screen, like the one I have, I would probably not be able to see what is going on — everything would become very tiny, the resolution would have gone up by over a factor of 2. This means that whenever this is going to happen, the transition won’t be easy in comparison to the HDTV transition, as the entire web would have to account for this change.

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