Retina Display iPad 3 Would Have More Pixels Than Most Macs [Chart]

Retina Display iPad 3 Would Have More Pixels Than Most Macs [Chart]

We’ve heard a lot about how the iPad 3 will finally get a 2048×1536 Retina Display, but it’s easy to forget exactly how many pixels that is. The scientific answer is “a gajillion.” Heck, when the Retina Display iPad 3 ships, it will actually pack more pixels than everything short of Apple’s 27-inch iMac!

The chart above comes from cloerner, but Paul Horowitz over at OS X Daily raises an interesting point that a Retina Display iPad 3 will make an interesting challenge for developers, who will be designing their apps on Macs that will very likely have an inferior resolution to the tablet their building for.

Of course, with HiDPI “Retina Display” Macs on the horizon, that’s probably not going to be a problem for developers for very long.

  • prof_peabody

    Perhaps it’s not a crisis yet.  If one was a developer (or a serious computer user of any kind), they would probably have a 27-30″ screen of some kind already. 

    It is a great argument as to why the rumours of retina display desktops might be next year’s big thing however. 

  • Al

    In the iPad simulator in xcode you can set the zoom to 50%.

  • philnolan3d

    And it’ll still look awful.

  • Edward Grey

    Apple will once again set the standard for what a display can and should be. Although my many regards the iPhone 3G had one of the best screens in the business, the iPhone 4 took it to a whole new level.

    Having used the retina display for a while, I CANNOT go back to the old pixellated low-res screens. Honestly, the bad screen on the iPad 2 is the main thing keeping me from buying one. 

    And I simply don’t believe people who say they can’t see the difference — kind of reminds me of George Lucas saying “Oh, you can’t tell the difference between Blu-ray & DVD, so there’s no reason for me to let Star Wars come out on Blu-ray” (He later reconsidered, thankfully). I’ve met several people who say the retina display is just a gimmick. If you don’t like it, don’t buy one.

    As for me, retina all the way!

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