Apple Prepares High Resolution Retina Graphics For Online Store

Apple Prepares High Resolution Retina Graphics For Online Store

Apple’s existing graphics (left) versus the new high-resolution ones.

Apple is finally preparing high resolution graphics for its online store to accommodate the Retina displays on the new iPad and the next-generation MacBook Pro. Although the Cupertino company has already overhauled most of its website, the online store still includes plenty of old graphics that appear fuzzy on its latest devices. But not for long.

As noted by Callum Strong, a developer with Fat Media, Apple’s servers now include high-resolution graphics destined for the Apple online store. The graphics appear to be double the resolution of the existing ones, and they use the same “2x” file tag differentiator used by iOS apps.

As you can see from the image above, which is labeled “(sorry, you need Javascript to see this e-mail address),” there’s quite a difference in size between the two graphics sets.

The high-resolution graphics are yet to go live in the online store, but we’re assuming it’s only a matter of time before they do. The third-generation iPad has been available for four months now, and I’m quite surprised it’s taken this long for the change to happen.

Some believed that Apple was making the update earlier this week, when the online store went down for almost six hours. But the only thing that had changed when it returned was the introduction of a new text message notification system for online orders.

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  • smashingeeks

    Apple is going insane on Retina Displays, and it Retina based Apple Website :D Isn’t that more weird http://www.designskew.com/blog/new-macbook-pro-retina-display-wallpapers/

  • ptsysger

    Is there any chance to NOT bloat up apps with retina-pics on existing older devices?
    My personal Mac’s as well my iPhone will never make use of pics 4 times bigger then now.
    Should Apple or any of devs make a retina plus a non-retina version of their apps?
    Should Apple (via App-Store-App) or any website-editor place a selector to download only desired (supported) content in to apps or loaded with your webbrowser from websites?

    Hey, do not make my hardware less valuable cause of wasting space for unwanted, redundant content.

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