Warning: Some Web Photos May Look A Bit Blurry On Those New Retina Display MacBooks

Steve Kovach

While the new iPad's high-resolution Retina display is gorgeous, sometimes the images it displays on the Web can look a bit blurry.

That's because many sites (including this one) don't use high-res images. And honestly, it's not worth many sites' time to upload a bunch of bulky high-res images for the new iPad. Load times suffer, and it can be a strain on some servers.

Especially since most people still view pages on desktops and laptops that have lower resolution screens.

(By the way, the New York Times ran a neat story on the subject a few months ago. You should read it.)

So that got me thinking. What's going to happen if/when Apple releases new MacBooks with Retina displays? I asked Raymond Soneira, the CEO of a company called DisplayMate, for his take. He's a display expert, and way smarter about such things. 

Here's what he told me:

First of all, you probably won't notice a difference in text on web pages. That's because browsers render the fonts, so they'll be sharp and crisp on a MacBook's Retina display.

The problem will be with images. If web developers want their images to show up in high resolution on Apple's new MacBooks, they'll have to increase the resolution to compensate. If the images stay the same size as they are now, they may look a little fuzzier. 

By the way, Soneira noted that since we hold MacBooks farther away from our eyes than we do iPhones and iPads, the pixel density won't have to be as high to still be considered "Retina."



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