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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...
02-07-2012, 03:41 PM #1
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:
Originally Posted by Apple
02-07-2012, 03:45 PM #2
Good move. Retina display is old enough where Apple shouldn't have to make such demands.
02-07-2012, 03:50 PM #3
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Hmm I never got such an email. That said I never make anything without support for Retina. Kinda embarrassing not to.
02-07-2012, 03:59 PM #4
This is great news - it's time that everyone started switching over.
02-07-2012, 04:11 PM #5
It wouldn't appear anymore pixellated on a retina display than a non retina display.
The pixels per inch on screen would be the same if they're both projecting 320x480 on 3.5 inch screens.
Correct me if I'm wrong.
02-07-2012, 04:13 PM #6
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02-07-2012, 05:41 PM #10
Now having said that, those apps look like crap on both screens and try most certainly need to be updated.
02-07-2012, 05:42 PM #11
I hope they don't pull some of the good apps like Uniwar. That game hasn't been updated in forever but it's still a fun app. I wish Cydia had a little notifier to tell you if a theme is HD or not. I've downloaded a couple that are non-retina and retina even though the description doesn't say.
02-07-2012, 06:35 PM #12
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02-07-2012, 07:48 PM #14
anyone knows what's the file name for retina display on the roots file for theming?
i wanna changes the mirror for retina display in my theme, thanks b4...
02-07-2012, 08:40 PM #15
02-07-2012, 09:31 PM #16
If they looked the same, Apple wouldn't be pushing them to move to retina display because there would be no reason to enforce it.
Last edited by Anthony Bouchard; 02-07-2012 at 10:06 PM.
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02-08-2012, 08:01 AM #18
Actually, since this is an image with two dimensions and has area, the retina display has four times the resolution of the old display, and the old display would have 1/4 the resolution of the retina display.
02-08-2012, 08:10 AM #19
What are y'all talking about?
There is no difference in the screen resolution between the 3GS and the 4S
Lol so much banter
02-08-2012, 04:43 PM #20