The web to struggle with Apple’s new Retina display MacBook Pro

Ashleigh Allsopp
14 June, 2012
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Despite bringing Retina display to the laptop and therefore pushing towards a high-resolution future for technology, Apple’s new MacBook Pro could face serious struggles with the web.

The Next web highlights that, while Apple and other software developers are busy updating their apps for Retina display optimisation, websites are going to look pixelated.

“Plagued with bandwidth constrains and corner-cutting solutions, the internet is about to get a whole lot uglier for anyone using the new MacBook Pro,” says TNW’s Harrison weber. “Every single pixel that normally hides behind your sub-par display will soon be standing right in front of you stark naked.”

The Retina display will mean that images, buttons, logos and more that have been resized in Photoshop using the “Save for the web” settings, for example, will look blurry and those indistinguishable pixels Apple’s been talking about will be glaringly distinguishable. TNW uses Pinterest’s logo and banners from GQ as examples of the problem, which already look blurry on Apple’s new iPad.

Weber says that websites will need to use vectors, which can be resized without causing any decrease in the quality of the graphic. Websites will need to support varied screen resolutions.

Bandwidth limits will need to be raised and speeds increased, in order to successfully view high quality videos and images. Weber also suggests that 72dpi images will soon be redundant, with the arrival of high-resolution computers and mobile devices.


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