Is anyone else concerned that Apple has stopped producing retina displays at a consistent DPI? One of the main selling points when retina displays first came out was that they were exactly twice the resolution of standard displays. But now Apple's like ¯\ (ツ)/¯
I think it is something that we have to deal with. Same thing with the different sizes of the iphone and iPad. First we had only one iPad and one iPhone. Now we have the iPhone 5s, iPhone 6, iPhone 6+, iPad Mini, iPad Air, iPad Pro
Exactly. It just makes sense to be designing in a resolution independent way now, with so many resolutions and screen sizes. You can design a website to look stunning on a 4k display... But good luck figuring out if that display is 5" or 60".
Microsoft has figure this out few years ago. Screen from one of the presentations at //build/ conference: http://jmp.sh/mMKcwq9
That is more of a hypothetical though, right? Not every Windows devices is going to stick to that exact ratio.
Exactly! For example, the Surface Pro has a ratio of 3:2. Then when it comes to their phones, you might have a Lumia phone that has a 5-inch display and another than has a 6-inch display which are both 1080×1920px but have different scaling factors. Apple and Android devices are similar in their inconsistencies. Google's device metrics page illustrates this well. I think ultimately you either test thoroughly on multiple devices or just give up, set everything on fire and go live on a desert island.
That slide is really nice. Would you please have the name of the complete talk?
Here's the video: http://1drv.ms/1OpgrzH
Ha thanks a lot, on to watching this!
I'm not a fan of resolution independent, if that means fractional scales. Luckily, iOS, Android and OS X don't use fractional scales. It's exact multiples for everything (if you ignore Android’s mostly deprecated 1.5× scale).
They are at a consistent DPI.
Yep. They’re all 326 or 264PPI, and the difference is close enough that scale isn't an issue at all, especially when you keep in mind that we’ve had 326 and 264PPI devices since 2010, when the iPhone 4 and iPad shipped.
I'd go as far as saying that I wish the PPI varied more. It would have been great if the Apple Watch used the same pixel dimensions, but different PPI for the two watch sizes.
I'm with you there. I'm glad they did that for the iPad mini, and really surprised they created two watch sizes when they are so close.