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  • Apple to Developers: Make Apps Retina Display Compatible or Don't Make Them At All

    Apple: we want retina-sized apps now.

    I cannot tell you the countless times I have been disappointed after purchasing an application only to find that it was made for the standard resolution display. I personally wish that app developers would take the hint that Apple wants us to move to retina displays - since standard display resolution applications appear pixelated on the retina display. There are still, even in current times, countless applications in the App Store that only support the standard display devices. The retina display resolution comes in at 640 pixels wide by 960 pixels high where the standard display resolution is exactly half of that coming in at 320 pixels wide by 480 pixels high. If you were wondering what I meant by applications appearing pixelated, the image above does a pretty good job describing the issue here.

    Apple is finally taking a stand against application developers to make their applications retina-display compatible or else they should not make any applications at all. The retina display shipped with the iPhone 4 in the year 2010 and has continued with the iPhone 4S and even made its way to the iPod touch 4G. We also have heard rumor that Apple expects to put a retina display in the next generation iPad and also in next generation Macs. That being said, standard display devices such as the iPhone 3GS and iPod touch 3G and older are phased out of Apple's concern. They're too busy thinking about the present and the future - high resolution displays.

    The message comes from Apple themselves who sent an email to all of the application developers who are enrolled in their development program that basically states that if the application screenshot does not meet the retina display requirement, then it will not be accepted into the App Store. The email is as follows:

    Quote Originally Posted by Apple
    When you create or update your apps in iTunes Connect, you must upload screenshots that are high-resolution. We require your screenshots as high-resolution images so that your app is optimized for the Retina display.

    The requirements for high-resolution images are 960 x 640, 960 x 600, 640 x 960, or 640 x 920 pixels. Images must be at least 72 dpi, in the RGB color space, and the file must be .jpeg, .jpg, .tif, .tiff, or .png. You can update your screenshot files at any time in iTunes Connect.
    This email is great news for any users of the iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, or iPod touch 4G because now you should be guaranteed that all future applications you purchase will support the retina display. What is to become of all of the applications that are still sitting in the App Store with no retina display support? Probably nothing, but maybe Apple will get feisty with the developers and require that they update them or else they will be removed from the App Store. At this point it's too early to tell, but we are happy to hear that Apple is finally doing something to increase the quality of their devices. Applications are certainly one of the best parts of owning an iPhone and appearance is one of the best parts of using applications.

    Sources: MacRumors
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Apple to Developers: Make Apps Retina Display Compatible or Don't Make Them At All started by Anthony Bouchard View original post
    Comments 22 Comments
    1. Anthony Bouchard's Avatar
      Anthony Bouchard -
      Quote Originally Posted by Zokunei View Post
      What he's saying is that it's the same resolution either way.
      Sure, but it won't look the same is what I'm saying.
    1. Zokunei's Avatar
      Zokunei -
      Quote Originally Posted by Anthony Bouchard View Post
      Sure, but it won't look the same is what I'm saying.
      I agree with both of you