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What do App Developers Need to Know About the Retina Display on the New iPad?

Apple’s new iPad is here, and to no surprise, units have been flying off the shelves left and right. As promised, the third generation of the best selling tablet computer is loaded with a plethora of new and exciting features. Among them is the addition of the retina display. Users of the new iPad will surely want to install a few apps that make the best use of the feature and this in turn, makes it extremely important to developers.

Thanks to the retina display, the new iPad is capable of showcasing content at an amazing resolution of 2048 by 1536 pixels. That’s roughly four times the output of the average screen. The dazzling picture quality is no doubt a treat for the eyes of users and with presentation being so important, it could result in a better overall experience. Having said that, the retina display introduces new problems for developers who want to capitalize on the popularity of the new iPad.

The main challenge retina display presents from a programming standpoint has to do with performance. Developers will be working with larger images, which as many of us know, translates to more resource consumption and longer load times. This essentially means that coders must take extra steps to ensure that their apps are performing at an optimal level. Crystal clear image quality loses all its allure when a program takes forever to load. Users want what they want, when they want it, so slacking off in the performance department will easily lead  them to drop one app for another.

Retina Display-Friendly Apps for the NewiPad

The new iPad and its retina display may present a few hurdles, but developers are already finding ways to get around them. Here are a few examples:

Star Walk – As the new iPad phenomenon grows, fans will likely run across some apps that look as if they were specifically designed for the device’s retina display feature. Star Walk is one that fits the bill. Created by software developer Vito Technology, the program was fine tuned to support the new screen and tons of more objects than possible on previous generations.

Sketchbook Pro – Autodesk wasted no time creating a version of its premium art app for the new retina display. Sketchbook Pro boasts a 2048 by 1536 pixel canvas, in addition to several features that take advantage of the enhanced resolution.

Kindle – Who says rival tablet devices can’t play nice? Version 3.0 of Amazon’s Kindle app leverages the new retina display to deliver iPad users crisper looking text and graphics, as well as  hundreds of publications available on its popular e-reader the Kindle Fire.

The aforementioned apps were actually unveiled before the new iPad was officially launched, but considering that they are upgrades to existing and largely successful titles, it may be safe to assume that they will deliver in terms of performance. Developers who want to create a richer user experience by tapping into the retina display may want to keep an eye on these early applications and learn more about how they are designed.

Author Bio:- Francis Santos is a best practices activist and advocate for leading web and permission-based html email marketing software.He Graduated from Cal State Long Beach and holds a degree in Journalism. In Addition, he is also the executive editor for separate popular news blogs.

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