Shutdown spinner finally gets the Retina treatment in iOS 6

By Cody Lee on Jun 13, 2012

Brace yourselves, another gem has been discovered among the changes in iOS 6. It seems that after two years of neglect, the operating system’s shutdown spinner has finally received the Retina treatment.

Now, in most cases, the resolution of a shutdown graphic isn’t anything to fuss about. But for a company like Apple, who is known for its attention to detail, the upgraded icon is somewhat noteworthy… Read More


Upcoming ‘ayecon’ theme saturates the Retina display with meticulously detailed goodness

By Jeff Benjamin on Jun 6, 2012

Are you looking for a theme that makes ample good use of your iPhone’s Retina Display? If so, then look no further than the upcoming release of ayecon.

ayecon is the latest jailbreak theme from legendary iOS themer and graphic designer, Surenix. Scheduled to hit Cydia on June 8th, it’s a theme that has to be witnessed to be able to appreciate the amount of effort that went into putting together such an incredibly detailed project.

Even coming from someone who’s no longer overly fond of themes, I have to give credit where credit is due — ayecon looks spectacular — hardcore iOS themers will likely love it. Don’t believe me? Then take a look at our hands on video… Read More


Did LG Display just out full HD 440ppi screen for Apple’s rumored Galaxy Note-killer?

By Christian Zibreg on May 28, 2012

Apple debuted the Retina display in June 2010 on the iPhone 4. Fast-forward to today and it remains the gold standard for smartphones in terms of crispness and pixel density. Yes, most high-end Android handsets now top the iPhone’s 960-by-480 pixel resolution by way of using bigger panels that however don’t always introduce denser pixel.

A good example is Samsung’s Galaxy Nexus smartphone which has a 4.65-inch display with the native HD resolution of 1,280-by-720 pixels and a pixel density of 316 pixels per inch (ppi), safely above the Retina requirement of at least 300ppi for a smartphone display so the pixels appear indistinguishable to the human eye with a 20/20 vision.

Enter LG’s newly-announced five-inch mobile display. It rocks a whopping 1,920-by-1,080 pixel resolution and an astounding density of 440 pixels per inch. If Apple was looking for the perfect display for its rumored five-inch iOS device, this could be it… Read More


DisplayMate CEO says Apple settled for Plan B with new iPad

By Cody Lee on May 7, 2012

CNET is out with a new report this week, which highlights some interesting comments made by DisplayMate‘s CEO Raymond Soneira. The company is in the video diagnostics business, calibrating and testing displays for manufacturers.

Anyways, according to Soneira, the iPad that Apple unveiled earlier this year was actually Apple’s “Plan B” for the product. It seems that the company’s “Plan A,” a slimmer, lighter tablet, required technology that just wasn’t ready in time… Read More


Rumor: Apple developing five-inch gadget with Retina display for 2013 release

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 28, 2012

File this one under the Unlikely category. According to an otherwise pretty credible Japanese blog, citing “reliable Chinese sources”, Apple is working on a brand new mobile device featuring a five-inch Retina display. Specifically, it should have a screen resolution of either 1,600-by-960 pixels or 1,280-by-960 pixels. The gizmo is said to be released some time in 2013.

This sounds a lot like a blown-up iPod touch of sorts, which in its current incarnation incorporates a 3.5-inch Retina display with a 640-by-960 pixel resolution. Apple isn’t the one to follow market trends – it dictates them instead.

That being said, however, surely club Cupertino must have been paying attention to the five million shipment milestone of Samsung’s Galaxy Note phablet… Read More


Here’s what Foxconn’s strategic deal with Sharp could mean for Apple, iPad and iTV

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 28, 2012

Yesterday’s news that Apple’s contract manufacturer Foxconn bought an eleven percent stake in the Japanese multinational corporation Sharp sent the tongues wagging. With a 46.5 percent stake in Sharp’s LCD plant in Sakai, Osaka, conventional wisdom has it that Foxonn, which just released its 2011 financial report, will bolster Sharp’s LCD business and make it more profitable by securing the lowest prices on components.

Other folks think the two partners joined forces to battle LG Display and Samsung for orders of Retina displays for the new iPad. After all, Sharp is already been credited with small-volume shipments of 2,048-by-1,536 pixel resolution panels for the device and they’re about to ramp up production in the second quarter.

Another intriguing possibility includes next-generation flat panels for a rumored Apple-branded television set, nicknamed the iTV… Read More


10 beautiful high resolution wallpapers for your new iPad

By Cody Lee on Mar 23, 2012

Out of all of the features you’ll find in Apple’s latest iPad, the new Retina display is the one causing the commotion. The screen, which is made up of over 3.1 million pixels, is by far the best in any tablet on the market right now.

And if you’ve recently picked up a new iPad, chances are you’re looking for some high resolution wallpapers to make that display really pop. Well lucky for you, we happen to have a list of 10 great ones after the break… Read More


Sharp, LG Display ramping up second-quarter Retina display shipments for the new iPad

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 23, 2012

Asian trade publication DigiTimes reported this morning that both Sharp and LG Display are set to increase their respective manufacturing output of Retina displays for the new iPad. The news follows a recent report by the same publication that Sharp shipped 2.71 million iPad Retina panels to Apple.

This might mean that production issues have finally been sorted out after both firms had reportedly failed to meet Apple’s exact quality requirements. Something tells me Samsung won’t like this. As you know, Apple is clever enough not to put all eggs in one basket, so to speak.

As a result of LG Display and Sharp jumping on the Retina bandwagon, Apple should be able to achieve a significant increase in iPad shipments for the next quarter and onwards… Read More


Check out this awesome iPhone concept with a large display

By Cody Lee on Mar 22, 2012

Yesterday afternoon, a report surfaced claiming that Apple was ordering up 4.6-inch displays for its next iPhone. The news caused quite a commotion, considering the iPhone has had a mere 3.5-inch screen for the last 5 years.

Needless to say we’re a bit skeptical on the matter. While we could see Apple moving to a larger 4-inch display, as previous rumors have suggested, we can’t imagine it going with one nearly 5-inches big. Then we saw this concept… Read More


Rumor: next iPhone to feature 4.6-inch display

By Jake Smith on Mar 21, 2012

Now that the rumors for the third-generation iPad are over, rumors regarding Apple’s next iPhone are kicking in full swing. Reporting on a rumor that’s been floating around for quite awhile, Maeil Business Newspaper (via Reuters) says that Apple’s next iPhone will feature a 4.6-inch display.

The upgraded screen size has been rumored to be featured in the iPhone for quite awhile. Many Android devices include a larger 4-inch screen, including Samsung’s popular Galaxy S II. The 4.6-inch display would be Retina quality and manufactured by Samsung and LG… Read More


The new iPad review

By Jeff Benjamin on Mar 20, 2012

The new iPad. Two generations from the somewhat enigmatic, yet overwhelmingly successful debut, Apple’s latest tablet is firing on all cylinders.

No longer is there a question as to whether such a device has a place in people’s day to day lives, it’s now a question of how many such devices are necessary to have for one household.

Indeed, the iPad is about as mainstream as mainstream gets, only a few years removed from many pundits, including myself, questioning its viability.

The truth is that maybe only a handful of people knew how insanely successful Apple’s tablet would be, but now everyone but the most blinded of opposers is a believer. Even if you don’t own an Apple device, you’re compelled to give credit where credit is due… Read More


Does the new iPad use Retina graphics when running iPhone apps?

By Cody Lee on Mar 20, 2012

On both the original iPad and the iPad 2, iPhone apps played on the tablet would appear rather pixelated in 2X mode — whether they had Retina graphics or not. This is why the jailbreak tweak RetinaPad became so popular.

But it looks like third-generation iPad owners won’t need the utility, as the new tablet appears to already use Retina graphics when running iPhone applications… Read More


Comixology iPad app updated, now displays comics in super high definition

By Cody Lee on Mar 20, 2012

Graphic novel fans who haven’t yet picked up a new iPad might have just found a good reason to do so. Comixology, the world’s largest digital comics platform, just upgraded its iPad app to support the tablet’s high resolution Retina display.

The company specializes in graphic novels and comic books, and offers both as digital downloads through its iOS app. Its library includes popular works from both DC and Marvel, as well as a number of other publishers… Read More


Rumor: Sharp joins the Retina party, but brings only 2.71 million iPad panels

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 20, 2012

Last week, Bloomberg reported that Apple’s long-time supplier and frenemy Samsung has fulfilled the bulk of orders for the new iPad’s stunning 2,048-by-1,536 pixel resolution display, marketed under the Retina moniker. Piggy-backing on that story, Reuters chimed in with claims that LG Display is also filling iPad Retina display panel orders.

A new report by DigiTimes, a hit-and-miss Asian trade publication, asserted this morning that Sharp too is supplying Retina display panels for the tablet. Apple is known for sourcing components from multiple suppliers in order to reduce risks and squeeze the best prices possible. Unfortunately, quality issues with the highest-resolution display on a mobile device meant Sharp delivered lower-than-expected Retina shipments, pegged at 2.71 million units… Read More


Expert says the new iPad causes less eye strain than its predecessors

By Oliver Haslam on Mar 19, 2012

The biggest change in Apple’s new iPad is undoubtedly that Retina display. Cramming all those extra pixels into the same size screen is certainly a feat of engineering, but Apple didn’t do it just because it can.

As anyone with a new iPad in front of them, or an iPhone 4/4S for that matter, will have to admit, having a Retina display makes the screen almost look like a magazine. It’s impossible sharp, mesmerisingly clear.

According to one Optometrist and the editor of All About Vision, those extra pixels also help to reduce eye strain, too… Read More

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