As noted by MacRumors, Apple has notified its iOS developers that future app updates and submissions are now required to include screenshots that meet Retina resolution specifications.

The requirement applies to both iPhone and iPod touch developers, and it looks like Apple won’t be approving apps that don’t qualify…

In its message to developers, Apple writes:

“Required iPhone & iPod touch Screenshot Upgrade for Retina Display

When you create or update your apps in iTunes Connect, you must upload screenshots that are high-resolution. We require your screenshots as high-resolution images so that your app is optimized for the Retina display.

The requirements for high-resolution images are 960 x 640, 960 x 600, 640 x 960, or 640 x 920 pixels. Images must be at least 72 dpi, in the RGB color space, and the file must be .jpeg, .jpg, .tif, or .png. You can update your screenshot files at any time in iTunes Connect.”

The move makes sense, considering Retina display-equipped devices have been on the market since 2010.

The news also comes at an interesting time, given all of the rumors we’ve heard that Apple’s next iPad, expected to debut next month, will itself feature a screen with Retina resolution.

  • mordechai eliyahu

    first 🙂

  • Didn’t iDB post a well-credited rumor that the next iPad won’t have a “retina” display?

  • FINALLY.

  • FINALLY.

    BTW, how do you do this? http://media.idownloadblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/retina.jpg I mean how you put screenshot in iPhone? I heard that there’s app for MAC OS X in App store in Developer tools, but can’t remember how it’s called. :/

    • Anonymous

      What do you mean? Taking a picture of the screen (as in Home Button + Sleep Button)?

      • I think he means putting the iPhone bezel around / behind a taken screenshot. You can connect you iPhone to a Mac and have it take a shot for you. Unfortunately I don’t remember the name either.

  • Anonymous

    They should require all apps have a retina icon and retina graphics as well. If they can’t do that they shouldn’t be allowed to put their app in the app store.

  • This is why we need more memory….give us up to 200gigs apple.

    • Kok Hean

      256 gigabytes.

  • Anonymous

    3gs on the way out?