The Apple Retina Display – A Revolution in Resolution

Posted by : Diana Middlebrook

Apple has always been in the eyes of the consumer to come up with the most out-of-the-box innovations man could ever imagine. Any Apple products have acted as the epitome of the status symbol to the users. It has been the incessant endeavor from the point of view of the Apple MAC OS and the iPhone Hardware and Application Developers which has led to the blurring of the lines between science fiction and reality.

The introduction To Retina Display

The latest inventions of Apple are focusing more on the visual aspects of the devices especially the resolution part of it. The concept of Retina Display has been an offspring of this moment. The term Retina Display is used as a marketing term for the resolution for the latest Apple devices and monitors. These devices have extreme pixel density, which are more than 300 pixels per inch. Normal person won’t be able to distinguish between the pixels between the normal viewing distances even if they squint. The début of this technology can be found back in the year 2010 with the introduction to iPhone 4s. If a comparative study between Apple and its counterparts takes place regarding resolution, the retina display equipped Apple devices are definitely going to get ahead of them by a mile. Due to its high density resolution, this technology helps whatever images and videos captured come to life. The technology focuses on smoothing the jagged edges of the pixel to come up with extremely high quality results. This has never been possible with any other devices including mobile phones. The outcome of the technology has been outstanding especially in cases for reading texts, where the edges of the fonts are seen to be much smoother compared to the other resolution which are available in the market.

The Factors Responsible For Retina Display

There are a number of factors which are responsible for the high density image quality of the Retina Display Technology. This blog post is going to reveal those factors through the following lines:
  • Greater density of pixel is utilised in the making of the device screen.
  • The Contrast Ratio of the devices is very high. It is much higher than the previous iteration of the Apple Devices. The blacks are far darker and the whites are far brighter than the previous versions.
  • Through Retina Display, Apple has introduced IPS or In-plane switching technology for further improving the viewing angles for the users.
  • The glass used for the touch screen in the devices is extensively chemically treated and hardware developers have introduced LED backlighting to improve the quality of the images.

The Retina Display Resolution

Apple had claimed that 326 pixels per inch was the threshold for the human eye to decipher the pixel and Apple has surpassed that limit. The main USP or the Unique Selling Proposition of this Apple technology is that it offers the same resolution of the human eye. Two of the main elements which define the Retina Display Technology are the screen resolution and the distance from which the device is viewed by the user.  Based on the unit of PPD or Pixel per Degree, Apple has implemented this technology in many of its products. At the initial stage, when retina display came out with iPhone 4s back in 2010, it had a resolution of 960X 640 pixels. In the present iteration of the iPhone, specifically iPhone 5 has buffed its resolution to 1136 x 640 pixels.  Presently the use of retina display can be seen in the 5th generation iPhone and iPod touch as well as both the MacBook Pro belonging to the 15 inches and 13 inches category. The benchmark of 326 pixels is not the common standard anymore, as it can be seen from the instances of IPAD mini. Equipped with a Retina Display Screen, it has a resolution of 1024 X 768 pixels, which can be interpreted into 163 pixels per inch. Apple is bent on bringing a revolution to the way we perceive things in life. So if you are using Retina Display at the moment, you can always share your opinion below in the comment section.

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Diana Middlebrook

Diana Middlebrook is an ardent software developer who works at GetAProgrammer, an esteemed Sydney-based software development company. Being passionate about developing custom solutions deploying state-of-the-art technologies, she likes to share her thoughts on the latest technologies and trends in the software industry

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