New Hack Allows Retina Testing for iPad Apps From iOS Simulator
Above is a screenshot of a very high-resolution Mac; a 27 inch iMac. Did you notice something peculiar? Ė The iOS Simulator for the iPad is huge! A new hack developed by iOS hacker and developer Ryan Petrich
allows for developers to start testing their applications for the supposed 'iPad 3' retina display before Apple releases it. Apple is expected to announce the new generation iPad this week on the seventh of March.
The hack is free and obtainable from this link
, which Ryan posted on his Twitter timeline earlier today. To get this hack working, you must be on Mac OS X 10.7 using the latest Xcode (free from the Mac App Store
A retina display iPad is not yet set in stone, but the proof backing up the rumors is so overwhelming that it may not be a bad idea for developers to grab this hack and start getting their applications ready for the iPadís new ultra-high resolution. Any standard display applications for the iPad will appear pixelated and grainy on the new retina display similarly to the way applications looked before being optimized for the iPhone 4 from the iPhone 3GS.
Hopefully, it does not take too long for developers to get all of their iPad applications optimized for this retina display. Itís likely that numerous App Store developers will not take advantage of this hack, however itís expected that Apple will put out an official update for iOS Simulator that will support the retina display for the new generation iPad as soon as it is released.