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The new iPhone is rumored to pack a dual core CPU, an 8 MP camera, and look somewhat like the iPhone 4. The fifth generation model is expected to launch in Sept. and is rumored to be named the "iPhone 4GS".  (Source: Google Images)

A "Retina Display" iPad is also reportedly incoming.  (Source: Apple)
Company struggles to stay competitive in the face of the Android army's onslaught

The pace of Apple Inc.'s (AAPL) iPhone launches has slowed, as June is expected to come and go with no new iPhone.  Though Apple fans have the new white iPhone and a new U.S. carrier -- Verizon Communications, Inc. (VZ) -- to comfort themselves with, analysts still pointed to the lack a new model as a major issue affecting the company's stock.

Still, the fifth generation iPhone (which some say will actually be named the iPhone 4GS, rather than the iPhone 5), codenamed "Telluride", will launch within three months according to Bloomberg.

The September iPhone will bring with it a new dual-core CPU, the same Apple A5 processor found in the iPad 2 (though it may be underclocked to conserve battery life).  Bloomberg contradicts previous reports saying its sources close to Apple are saying that their will be a 8 megapixel image sensor for the rear camera (previous reports suggested the phone would retain its 5 MP sensor).

The sources at Apple suggest that the phone will look a lot like the current iPhone.

Framington, Mass.-based research firm IDC says that despite introducing new models every year, Apple is having trouble keeping up with Google Inc.'s (GOOG) Android operating system and wealth of hardware partners.  It estimates that Apple will hold an 18.5 percent market share at the end of 2011, while Google will have 38.9 percent of the market -- over twice as much.  

The race between Android and the iPhone is increasingly looking like the 80s and 90s race between the Mac and the Windows PC -- and we all know how that turned out.  That's rough news for Apple, which currently gets half its revenue from the iPhone.

The launch of the fifth gen. iPhone will also correspond with the launch iOS 5.  One key advance in the new operating system will be the introduction of over-the-air (OTA) updates, a feature long supported by Android.  Other reports indicate that the new iPhone may grace the Sprint Nextel Corp. (S) or Deutsche Telekom AG's (DTE) T-Mobile network in the U.S.

In related news, Bloomberg also claimed that its sources delivered information on two other pending Apple gadgets.  One will be a low-priced, smaller version of the iPhone, based on the hardware of the iPhone 4.  That device will be aimed at developing countries -- an area where struggling Finnish phone maker Nokia Oyj. (HEL:NOK1V) has traditionally dominated.

A new iPad is also rumored to be coming, which uses a scaled up version of the "Retina Display" found in the iPhone 4.  The device would boost about a third higher screen resolution and would include a more responsive touch layer.

It is rumored that Apple is planning to bump up the launch of the sixth generation iPhone to Spring 2012.  Possibly named the "iPhone 5" (assuming the "iPhone 4 GS" rumor holds true), the phone is expected to deliver a major hardware update, along the lines of the update in the fourth generation.

DailyTech recently spoke to a former Apple executive who disclosed that the company is hoping to release iOS-powered LCD television sets sometime late this year or early next year, as well.



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Retina Display on the iPad 3?
By MrTeal on 6/22/2011 10:59:03 AM , Rating: 5
The retina display on the iPhone 4 has a pixel density of 326 ppi. For the 9.7" 4:3 iPad screen that would be a resolution of about 2500x1900. The claimed 1/3 increase in resolution would be about 1360x1024, or about 1/4 the number of pixels. Apple can call it a Retina Display all they want, but both devices will be used at about the same distance from the user and the new iPad will have nowhere near the 300 ppi pixel density they were trumping up as the maximum detail the human eye can take in.




RE: Retina Display on the iPad 3?
By dagamer34 on 6/22/2011 11:43:15 AM , Rating: 2
1) Most people don't use their iPad at the same distance they use their iPhone.
2) Because of point 1, you don't need the same PPI for picture quality to appear the same.

but most importantly

3) Any iPad screen that isn't a multiple of 1024x768 (i.e. 2048x1536) will not be released by Apple due to the simple fact that it would make existing apps look worst due to non-integer scaling. Scaling by 2x is far, far easier on the GPU than scaling by 1.33, 1.5 or anything else. Plus, it would be a total headache for developers. There's a reason why the iPhone for is 960x640 (480x320 * 2). And we already have the existence of 2048x1536 artwork in the iOS 5.0 beta builds.

As such, Bloomberg has it wrong. Way wrong. Common sense should always trump "sources".


RE: Retina Display on the iPad 3?
By MrBlastman on 6/22/11, Rating: -1
By StevoLincolnite on 6/22/2011 12:24:34 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
Amazing. The force of Steve is strong in this one.


I trained him well, I did.


RE: Retina Display on the iPad 3?
By omnicronx on 6/22/2011 12:35:32 PM , Rating: 2
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Lets see, a "Retina" display was originally defined as one that has such a high pixel density your retina can not tell the difference.
Which dynamically changes depending on how far your eyes are away from the screen, just as the OP stated.

As stated below 300ppi only applies on a 3.5" screen with 960x640 resolution with your eyes around 12 inches from your face. Change one of those variables and the 300ppi number no longer applies.

You can get the same effect on any LCD. If I stand back 15-16 inches back from my 4" Android device with an 800x480 resolution, i can no longer identify the pixels on screen either.

This of course all assumes 20/20 vision, those with weaker eyesight most likely can't perceive the pixels and lower ppi's as well.


RE: Retina Display on the iPad 3?
By Nanobaud on 6/22/2011 4:28:34 PM , Rating: 3
quote:
As stated below 300ppi only applies on a 3.5" screen with 960x640 resolution with your eyes around 12 inches from your face . Change one of those variables and the 300ppi number no longer applies.


I try to resist labeling people based on what products they like, but if that is what happens to you when you look at an iPhone you are either a 1950's cartoon character, or way too much of a fan.


RE: Retina Display on the iPad 3?
By omnicronx on 6/22/2011 5:05:58 PM , Rating: 2
Why does one assume that because I am detailing the underlying technology of an Apple display that I must be an Apple fan?

I never have and never will own an iPhone, I'm an avid Android proponent and most likely will be for some time.

The only Apple product I do happen to own, was a gift.

Amazing I know, being objective is soooo 1998..


RE: Retina Display on the iPad 3?
By Nanobaud on 6/22/2011 5:29:28 PM , Rating: 3
The technology detail was fine, but far less remarkable than the physiological detail.

nBd


RE: Retina Display on the iPad 3?
By Camikazi on 6/22/2011 5:37:36 PM , Rating: 2
Reread what they quoted, it says with YOUR EYES around 12 inches away form YOUR FACE. what was quoted is a cartoon moment when the eyes pop out of the face. They were poking fun at the image written cause you used the wrong words :P


RE: Retina Display on the iPad 3?
By omnicronx on 6/22/2011 5:58:57 PM , Rating: 2
*Facepalm*/*Epic Fail*

Completely misread the response, thanks for pointing out my stupidity without being too harsh ;)


RE: Retina Display on the iPad 3?
By AbuGarcia on 6/22/2011 1:18:50 PM , Rating: 4
At the end of the day its just a marketing term...


RE: Retina Display on the iPad 3?
By omnicronx on 6/22/2011 1:42:14 PM , Rating: 1
At the end of the day calling the device 'Magical' is JUST a marketing term.

While 'Retina', is surely a marketing term, its not JUST a marketing term, its also a feature backed by scientific fact.

For the last time.. Resolution + screen size + distance away from eyes = ppi required for your eyes to not be able to distinguish between pixels..

If a device has a 'Retina' display, it merely has accounted for this formula in which at normal viewing distances, you can no longer perceive the pixels on screen, not that you can NEVER perceive the pixels on the screen.


RE: Retina Display on the iPad 3?
By MrBlastman on 6/22/2011 1:49:52 PM , Rating: 1
Instead of trying to pull a Steve and give each device a different distance--why not do the proper thing and set a default pixel density for the display based the average closest range distance for viewing--i.e. the distance already established with the i-Phone?

That makes the most sense. Anything else is just Apple.


RE: Retina Display on the iPad 3?
By omnicronx on 6/22/2011 2:07:39 PM , Rating: 1
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Instead of trying to pull a Steve and give each device a different distance
Thank you but I like to remain objective, and you know investigate the truth for myself. Unlike yourself in which you are clearly using your apple hatred in a sad attempt to prove your point. Sadly, the result is your head is probably just as far up your *** as the very man you are making fun of.
quote:
why not do the proper thing and set a default pixel density for the display based the average closest range distance for viewing- i.e. the distance already established with the i-Phone?
So let me get this straight, you want to base it off of average closest distance of viewing for a tablet application, based on the distance from a completely different application? Yes that makes sense.

Most people don't hold their phone within a foot of their eyes when using them, why on earth would you base your tablet viewing distances off of the same metric?

The best part is most people probably would not be able to perceive the pixels even if the ppi was lower on a device like the iPhone a s these numbers assume basically perfect vision.

This has absolutely nothing to do with Steve Jobs, as much as you would like it too, this is flat out to do with your eyes and eyes alone. Nothing you do or say is going to change the facts, and the fact is you don't need the same ppi for further viewing distances.


RE: Retina Display on the iPad 3?
By MrBlastman on 6/22/2011 2:23:33 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
Sadly, the result is your head is probably just as far up your *** as the very man you are making fun of.


My ass? Really? You're just spewing marketing mumbo jumbo out your ass--all over the DT pages. Good lord, what'd you do, suck off Steve the other day? It sure seems like it as he gave you a nice reacharound. He must have used some lube with it too.

A standard is a STANDARD. Pixel density is a STANDARD. Who are you to tell me how I should use my phone, tablet or monitor? Are you the all saying master of usage--or are you saying Apple is--and they will tell you how you have to use your device and using any closer than they say you should isn't right?

Please.

This is the most feeble, ridiculous attempt to try and justify a marketing "standard" that I have ever heard.

What about people with poor vision? What about people with glasses? What about short people? What about people with long arms? What about people with smaller hands?

The fact of the matter is--you can not base a standard for a resolution of a display based off of distance it is held from the face because EVERY SINGLE PERSON WILL HOLD IT AT A DIFFERENT DISTANCE. Is this hard to compute?

NO. It shouldn't be. People will hold objects at different distances and trying to say that a tablet doesn't need the same resolution as a phone is purely an opinion and based off of nothing but speculation that everyone will use it at that distance.

The fact of the matter is, they won't. People will use it at whatever distance they are comfortable with and this is a fact.

Thus, if it is a fact, and it is, you instead need to base the standard off of a set PIXEL DENSITY instead of an assumptive distance.

This is what standards are based off of. Facts. Not assumptions.

There, are you happy? You've thoroughly pissed me off and I think you now hold the distinct title as the first person on DT that has caused me to rip their backside apart since Porkpie.


RE: Retina Display on the iPad 3?
By omnicronx on 6/22/2011 3:37:56 PM , Rating: 1
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A standard is a STANDARD. Pixel density is a STANDARD. Who are you to tell me how I should use my phone, tablet or monitor?
In terms of a 'Standard' in which we are defining the point in which your eyes can no longer perceive pixels on screen, Pixel density is a NUMBER, nothing more nothing less.

300ppi is not the standard period! ppi + distance from the screen is! Its a sliding scale, and thus cannot be possibly be a standard as it is not a static number.

According to Apple most people hold their phone 10-12 inches from their face. Most would say they hold it further but lets just assume they are correct. So in the case of the iPhone nobody is telling you how to use your device, but if you don't use it in the way in which it was meant to be viewed, the results are not going to be the same.

The average viewing distance for a tablet is not within a foot, period.. nothing you do or say is going to change this. So why on earth would you design a product based on what the minority will use? I'm sure some people that can't see hold their iPhone right up to their face, should we increase it to 400ppi to appease those people?

You have a clear disdain for Apple and for all intents and purposes I don't really like them either, but merely discounting the facts so that you can make an overload jobs joke does not make you correct in the slightest.


RE: Retina Display on the iPad 3?
By Fritzr on 6/22/2011 6:45:55 PM , Rating: 2
@MrBlastman

The term "Retina Display" is similar to the term "20/n" vision" (ex 20/20 vision)

A person with 20/3000 vision (legally blind) CAN see a bald eagle clearly at 12 inches. A person with 20/20 vision (often called perfect eyesight) cannot identify a bald eagle at 20 miles. Distance from the eyes is part of the definition of these measurements. (The optometric measure is; at 20 feet the object appears as clear as perfect vision sees it at n feet)

The iPhone Retina Display has an APPARENT pixel size AT NORMAL VIEWING DISTANCE that is smaller than what the human eye can perceive. If that is 300ppi at 12 inches, then any display with a ppi=>300 is a retina display if and only if it is meant to be viewed at a distance of NOT LESS THAN 12 inches.

A 108" LCD TV with a "retina display" by your definition requires a 300ppi or smaller pixel size. In reality you will not view a 108" display from a distance of 12 inches. The viewing distance will be closer to 20 feet or more from the screen. A 108" retina display could get away with a similar resolution to what the iphone has as long as, at the recommended viewing distance, individual pixels have an apparent size that is less than what a person with normal vision (20/20) can see clearly.

Retina display is not a numeric resolution, it is defined by the normal vision of a normal person at a distance that is recommended for viewing the display. This might be a viewing distance of 1 inch if mounted on a headset or 100 feet if displayed on a cinema screen.

Obviously you will be using a much larger pixel on a cinema screen then you use on a screen mounted on your eyeglasses. Both can be retina displays though, even if the cinema uses a pixel nearly as big as the entire headmounted display viewed from 100 meters.

This "Retina Display" effect is the reason why with graphics a given resolution has a maximum enlargement size recommended. Camera sites will give various resolution recommendations in terms of how big a print can be before the individual pixels make the image "blocky".


RE: Retina Display on the iPad 3?
By Botia on 6/23/2011 10:30:26 AM , Rating: 2
I find it just a little bit funny that you arguing about a marketing term using logic, math, and science. Wouldn't it be better to ask, "How does Retina Display make you feel?"


RE: Retina Display on the iPad 3?
By omnicronx on 6/22/2011 3:54:48 PM , Rating: 2
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Instead of trying to pull a Steve and give each device a different distance
This is actually getting quite sad.

There is no default pixel density as it is a sliding scale. Period!

You have not given any response to this fact, yet you continue to leave long winded replies based on this incorrect theory.

Funny part is you clearly are not alone judging by my ratings, yet nobody has responded to the response above in any of my posts.. Merely down rating me, or reiterating the same incorrect responses.

Best part is this has nothing to do with Apple but any display driven devices in general. Its a rule that covers pretty much anything and everything, not merely Apple products.


RE: Retina Display on the iPad 3?
By Pirks on 6/22/2011 4:18:29 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
You clearly are not alone judging by my ratings, yet nobody has responded to the response above in any of my posts. Merely down rating me, or reiterating the same incorrect responses.
Welcome to the club Omni :P


RE: Retina Display on the iPad 3?
By dark matter on 6/22/2011 2:04:10 PM , Rating: 2
So, let me get this straight. By your calculation EVERYTHING has a retina display.

Awesome.


RE: Retina Display on the iPad 3?
By omnicronx on 6/22/2011 2:16:27 PM , Rating: 1
Exactly!!!!

Which is why I laughed when Apple first released the technology. I stated it would just confused users as technically there will ALWAYS be a point when you can no longer perceive the pixels on a display.

The idea itself is technically sound, but it always depends on the application in question. Had they released the iPad first with a 'Retina' display first, nobody would be questioning this as they would have picked the respective ppi based on normal tablet viewing distances and nobody would be the wiser.

Unfortunately Jobs and as such the media mentioned the 300ppi number as though it was set it stone.. leaving the door open to where we are today.. MASS confusion..


RE: Retina Display on the iPad 3?
By BSMonitor on 6/22/2011 2:53:39 PM , Rating: 1
What's confusing? No matter how close you hold the iPhone 4 to your eyes, they cannot physically see the pixels.

Seems pretty clear to me. The screen too.


RE: Retina Display on the iPad 3?
By MrTeal on 6/22/2011 3:08:45 PM , Rating: 2
That's not really correct. The eye resolves angular resolution, not size. Most people quote about 1 arcminute for low contrast objects, I've seen 0.6" used for normal vision. The pixels of the iPhone 4 are 78um and are fixed in size, so if you move it closer or farther you change the angle that the pixel subtends and it can go from being indistinguishable to visible. Get it close enough, and you can see the pixels.

Obviously, there's limits there since you can only focus on objects a certain distance away. Try this though, make a big bitmap with alternating black and white pixels, and display it on your phone. Move it back and forth, and note when it goes from gray to being able to make out the pixels.


RE: Retina Display on the iPad 3?
By erple2 on 6/22/2011 6:43:28 PM , Rating: 1
If "300 ppi at 12 inches" is considered the limit of normal vision, I suppose that implies that you can see roughly 200 pixels per degree? (about 206 in reality).

300 / ( 2 * arctan ( 0.5/12 ) ) * pi / 180

Up to reasonably close distances to your eye (about the imperceptible 3 inches from your face), halving or "thirding" the distance to your eye results in a doubling or tripling of the required PPI density of the display to maintain the same pixel density per degree. If you double the distance (ie 24" from your face), you need roughly half the PPI to maintain the same pixel density per degree. Interesting. That implies that the non-iPhone4's are "retina displays" at 2+ feet from your nose.

Curious indeed.

So I guess at about 15 feet, my TV becomes a "retina display" as long as it has a PPI of at least 20. So if TV's are all 1080p, that implies that I'd need at MOST a that was 1080/20 or 54" wide to be a "retina display". That implies a 62" TV.

Where was I going with this? I can't remember...


RE: Retina Display on the iPad 3?
By Fritzr on 6/22/2011 7:09:21 PM , Rating: 3
You're on the right track. CRT TVs use an additional trick, the pixels are larger than the dot pitch so the edges overlap. This is the only difference between a TV monitor and a computer monitor. The TV monitor smears the picture to hide the graininess of the picture, the computer monitor uses pixels as close to the dpi in size as possible to eliminate the window screening effect without overlapping.

The Commodore 1702 computer monitor displayed TV resolution pictures with the window screening clearly visible, since the pixel size was chosen to eliminate the blurring caused by overlapping pixels without the precise aim needed to make the pixels exactly the right size.

If you get "too close" to an LCD or similar display you can see the window screening. At normal distances it is not visible to normal eyesight.

In film you will hear "grain" referred to. This is a measure of the "pixel" size on traditional photographic film. You can create negatives for use in printing posters by using either a very fine (small) grain or a very large negative. Preferably both. 10" Glass plate negatives from the 19th century have a resolution greater than all but a very few, very recent digital cameras.

Another real life example you can hold in your hands. (okay maybe not the billboard sized print, but you get the idea :P )

Take a photograph with a 10-12 megapixel resolution. Now make 2 prints, both of them at the full size and resolution of that picture ... one 3 inchx5 inch and the other 30 feet by 50 feet.

It is very unlikely that you will be able to see individual pixels in the small print. the larger one, well you can probably measure the pixel size with an old fashioned wooden ruler ... yet at recommended viewing distances for prints of those sizes, both are "retina display" resolution prints.


RE: Retina Display on the iPad 3?
By omnicronx on 6/22/2011 3:12:55 PM , Rating: 2
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What's confusing? No matter how close you hold the iPhone 4 to your eyes, they cannot physically see the pixels.
LOL, clearly it is confusing as you just proved my point.

You surely CAN physically see the pixels at distances closer than 10-12 inches as clearly defined in Apples keynote by Mr Jobs himself.

Steve Jobs: "there's a magic number around 300dpi, if you hold something about 10-12 inches away from your eye, it's the limit of the human retina to distinguish pixels."

Those were his exact words when the famous 300+ ppi number was up on the screen during the keynote. Google it if you would like as there are several articles on the subject.


RE: Retina Display on the iPad 3?
By zephyrprime on 6/22/2011 11:56:48 AM , Rating: 2
I don't think any modern gpu would have trouble with non integer scaling. Even on a portable device like the ipad. However, integer scaling would look better.


RE: Retina Display on the iPad 3?
By PrinceGaz on 6/23/2011 12:12:45 PM , Rating: 2
Correct. Scaling hardware capable of scaling to pretty much any resolution has been included in PC GPU's since the late 90's as it was pretty much required for hardware overlay mode (as it had to be able to output the overlay region to any size the user wished).

Scaling to an integer value doesn't make much difference if the GPU uses bilinear (or better) filtering as whatever size you scale to will look similarly blurred at the edges, but blurred in a good way. If using nearest-neighbour filtering then you definitely want to stick to integer values, and if you do so then it will look very sharp, but bilinear filtering is generally preferable as it looks more natural and less pixely.


RE: Retina Display on the iPad 3?
By MrTeal on 6/22/2011 12:01:01 PM , Rating: 3
I'd disagree with you on point 1. I hold my phone about 18" from my face, which is the same distance I hold a tablet. Extending my elbow all the way and locking it would maybe be close to 24". To double the distance to the tablet I'd have to lock my arm and lean my head way back like a far-sighted person holding a book.

To 3, 2048x1536 is a very high resolution panel. Not only would that be tough and expensive to manufacture, but it would be tough to push that many pixels. Whatever GPU they put in the iPad 3, it likely won't have 4 times the power of the SGX543MP2. Relative performance of full resolution would likely go down compared to the iPad 2.


By StevoLincolnite on 6/22/2011 12:27:29 PM , Rating: 2
Agreed.

They could go the route of up-scaling everything... But that kinda' defeats the purpose of having the "retina" display in the first place.

It's a very PC-level of resolution, hopefully they throw in the hardware to power it effectively.


RE: Retina Display on the iPad 3?
By omnicronx on 6/22/2011 1:18:01 PM , Rating: 2
You are making some very false assumptions.

First, You don't need that much power to push 2048x1536 resolution for non GPU intensive tasks.. i.e not games. In fact you could probably do it easily with an SGX540 let alone whats currently in the iPad2.

Second, You assume that full screen 3D games would have to run at native resolution when that is not the case. Having everything but graphically intensive games (you probably could still have simple games running at higher resolution i.e those with lower poly counts etc) at the higher resolution but keeping it lower for intensive 3D games would be a great solution as dev's most likely won't take advantage of the extra power anyways as they won't be able to touch the entire iOS usebase but would still allow users to take advantage of the high resolution screen when they will actually need it (and for all intents and purposes notice it), i.e webbrowsing and their normal iPad uses .

8 months a year ago I would have agreed with you, but it looks like manufacturers like Samsung are finally rolling out the very kind of high density displays that would be required for this kind of application.


RE: Retina Display on the iPad 3?
By MrTeal on 6/22/2011 2:12:06 PM , Rating: 2
I don't think I'm making false assumptions. I never said that it couldn't put out that many pixels, just that it is difficult and that performance would probably be worse relative to the iPad 2. Sure for some tasks like checking emails you don't need all the performance of the iPad 2, but after how Apple really wooed game developers by giving them such a great GPU in the iPad 2 it would be unfortunate to give people an awesome high resolution screen that you have to run at a quarter it's maximum in order to keep up framerates.

I hope you're right though, I'd love to see this kind of resolution available. If it's successful maybe it would also spur monitor makers to move from 1080p panels for their 22" and 24" displays.


RE: Retina Display on the iPad 3?
By omnicronx on 6/22/2011 2:35:51 PM , Rating: 2
What I'm trying to get at is the GPU is not the bottleneck for those non GPU intensive applications, so everything should be fine there.

As for the great new GPU dev's have to take advantage of, none of this changes as they are still currently targeting 1024x768 displays. I.E if 3D accelerated games on the next iPad still run at 1024x768, there will be little to no performance hit, and that assumes the GPU remains the same and does not improve. (which probably won't be the case)

Would it be great to run all games at full resolution in their full glory? Sure.. and I'm sure that time will come, but they don't have to do it all at the same time to get there. If anything keeping the lower resolution would make things less complicated for developers, leaving the iPad3 games at the same resolution would mean a single target resolution for all three iPads for the time being.

As for framerates, not ideal but part of the industry. Even console developers have this problem. The latest Battlefield will only run at 720P for this very reason.

My guess is that they will take an iterative approach, move everything but games to the new resolution (or coach developers to use the proper resolution for the proper application), then with the next iPad move games there too. I just don't see them going half way if they plan on going Retina like eventually. That would mean that the iPad 2/3 and 4 would all have to sport different resolution displays which does not follow Apples traditional approach.(or make sense for that matter)


By Alexstarfire on 6/22/2011 4:44:44 PM , Rating: 2
Both of your points are completely valid, but that would also make any increase in resolution pretty useless. Non-games don't really need an increase and if games aren't using the increase then there is no point in increasing the resolution at all.


RE: Retina Display on the iPad 3?
By omnicronx on 6/22/2011 12:28:01 PM , Rating: 2
Why does everyone keep throwing around that 300ppi number as though its some kind of static magical line between fake and real.

What Apple considers a 'Retina' display is a calculation between screen size, resolution, and distance your eyes are away from the screen in question.

In the case of the iPhone4, its a 3.5" Screen with a 960x640 resolution while the user holds the device approximately one foot away from his/her face.

Hold your face closer than one foot, it loses its effect and you can now see the pixels again, Retina display be damned!

If you don't get where I'm going, you don't hold a tablet that close to your eyes the vast majority of the time. So a much smaller ppi (perhaps ~230) could very well be sufficient for most cases. A 1920x1280 screen (or 4x the current pixel count) would be almost exactly around that number. (228 to be exact)


RE: Retina Display on the iPad 3?
By omnicronx on 6/22/2011 12:57:16 PM , Rating: 2
LoL.. down rate already..

I guess I used the word Apple too much.. maybe I should rephrase so that the rate and run trolls actually READ my post next time..

The point in which your eyes can no longer perceive pixels on a screen (better?)is a calculation between screen size, resolution, and distance your eyes are away from the screen in question.

This is not something Apple made up, the Retina display is entirely based upon this concept and it is documented as such.

Thus if the screen gets bigger and the user sits further back, that ppi number is going to change.

This applies for all tablets, cell phones, computer monitors, TV's or pretty much any screen that uses fixed pixel technology..


RE: Retina Display on the iPad 3?
By Fritzr on 6/22/2011 7:20:02 PM , Rating: 2
No, no, no, ... Steve said that Apple has an exclusive on this tech. You are forced to see the pixels on non-Apple devices no matter how high the DPI. You've got to understand that this is the product of the magic of Apple innovation :P


RE: Retina Display on the iPad 3?
By XZerg on 6/22/2011 2:14:54 PM , Rating: 2
The biggest problem with retina display at 326ppi is that the number of pixels the screen would have to support. The power usage of the screen depends on the number of pixels and if they multiply the # of pixels by 4 then the power used by the screen would probably jump by 3-4x and with the screen being the biggest power hog for these devices, a jump that big could be very bad for battery life, a feature that is very important for these devices usefulness.


RE: Retina Display on the iPad 3?
By MrTeal on 6/22/2011 2:35:35 PM , Rating: 2
Are you sure on that? The backlight draws a bunch of the display power, and that would be mostly proportional to screen size and the number of pixels. There might be some other factors like needing a more powerful backlight with smaller pixels due to structures around the outside of the pixels not scaling down as well and blocking more of the light, but outside of that I wouldn't think backlight power would change a whole lot.

The display itself might draw more power, but saying it would draw 3-4 times more power at 4 times the resolution assumes that a 78um pixel uses the same power as a 156um pixel. I'm not sure that's the case.


RE: Retina Display on the iPad 3?
By petrosy on 6/22/2011 7:41:30 PM , Rating: 1
The only response to new Apple products is....

I don't give a monkeys butt.... the iStuff has officially become boring!


RE: Retina Display on the iPad 3?
By inperfectdarkness on 6/22/2011 9:15:33 PM , Rating: 2
agreed. if apple was actually going to bring a 300ppi ~10" display to market, i would be ELATED about an apple product--for the first time since the apple II.

a 300ppi tablet is the first step towards getting a laptop with 300ppi display; which is the holy-grail for mobile gamers like myself.


RE: Retina Display on the iPad 3?
By spread on 6/22/2011 10:49:20 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
a 300ppi tablet is the first step towards getting a laptop with 300ppi display; which is the holy-grail for mobile gamers like myself.


Why? Why is it so important to have that much resolution on a 15" screen? And do you think you will have enough GPU power to run such a display? Even desktops struggle with multi monitor systems that have resolutions like that.

For a tablet it makes sense if you look at their strategy. They want to replace print content like magazines and newspapers and a ridiculous pixel density is important.


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