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The Future of the Retina Display

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Right now, Apple is on a roll recently Retinatizing everything.  By “Retinatizing,” I mean installing a Retina display into their devices and computers.  First we had the iPhone 4 that was Retinatized.  With a pixels per inch (ppi) of 326, the eye cannot distinguish between pixels with the phone at a normal distance away from the eye.  Of course all of the iPhones after that had Retina displays: iPhone 4S and iPhone 5.  Then Apple put a beautiful Retina display into the new iPad (or iPad 3rd generation) with a ppi of 264.  Which actually doubled the amount of pixels that were in the iPad 2.  The iPod touch was also given an amazing Retina display and last year, Apple released Retina Macbook Pros, both the 13 inch model and the 15 inch model.  These Macbooks are selling very well because their screens look magnificent.  So what’s Apple going to Retinatize next?

Call me crazy, but within the next couple of product generations, I believe the iPad mini, iPod nano, Macbook air (supposedly this one will happen this year) and the iMac will all feature Retina displays.  The iPad mini will get a Retina display this year, 95% positive.  It has been rumored since the first generation came out and now it needs one.  The iPod nano might become Retinatized.  It may seem far fetched, but the iPod nano exterior and interior components can only change so much, eventually the screen will have to become more advanced.  The Macbooks air are rumored to come with Retina screens later this year, which seems quite realistic.  After all of the portable Macbooks become Retinatized, the iMac will have to be next.  I also think the iMac will eventually get a touchscreen, but that’s another blog post for another day.  When the iWatch gets released, it probably won’t have a Retina screen, but within a few generations, it probably will have a Retina display.  The iTV probably won’t start off with a Retina display either, but it will have one eventually.  Apple, within a few generations, will Retinatize all of their devices.  But, once everything has a Retina display, then nothing will be Retinatized, right?  It’s like the idea that if everyone had super powers, then no one will (from The Incredibles.)

 

So, my crazy theory continues.  Apple will also update their Retina to a Retina Plus or Retina HD and their products will one by one feature this amazingly beautiful display of 2x or 4x the amount of pixels they have now.  Other companies are releasing phones with 300-400+ppi and Apple will need to compete.  So they will come out with an Ultra-Retina display.  However you want to call it, it is going to be like nothing you have ever seen before.  These screens will feel like real life almost, you wouldn’t be able to distinguish the pixels with your naked eye ever.

 

So to recap: Apple is going to Retinatize all of their products within a few generations and then we will see a new Retina display (my codename: Retina 2, Retina HD, Retina Plus or Ultra-Retina) that has 2x to 4x as many pixels as the current Retina display offers.