Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 7th Mar 2012 22:59 UTC
Apple And it was that time of the year again - Apple held one of its product announcements. This one focussed on the iPad mostly, and while some will call it a disappointment merely because virtually everything had already been leaked, I'm still in awe over the fact the newly announced iPad has a 2048x1536 display. My mind is blown.
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RE[4]: Not interesting
by nefer on Fri 9th Mar 2012 22:43 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Not interesting"
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2012-02-15

Regarding the 3 million pixels - did you know that an old 72 DPI dot matrix printer is just as high resolution as a 1200 DPI laser printer output held 2 feet from you if you hold the dot matrix sheet just 33 feet away from you when you read? Makes you wonder why anyone wanted something better when what we really needed was just bigger paper, right?


Billboards are printed in very rough rasters, just for that reason. The viewing distance is so large, dotsize doesn't really matter all that much.

This being said, you do hold a tablet at a greater distance than a smartphone. Simple reason number one : the screen is bigger. I can often find myself staring at my smartphone screen at just a couple of inches. I don't see this happening with a tablet. Hence the reason why too fine of a pixel technology would be overkill anyway just like a 150 lpi raster would be on a billboard. More pixels = more processing power required to drive them. If it goes to waste anyway because of the viewing distance, why bother.

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