Apple’s dream of an all-Retina Display iOS line-up has been finally realized. As of today, its last non-Retina tablet, the original iPad Mini, has been discontinued and it means for the first time, the entire iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch line-up features crisp displays.
As is always the case, the displays aren’t necessarily the sharpest or brightest in class but they get the job done quite well without burdening the resources. The move is widely seen as one made to make way for the company’s next small tablet, the iPad Mini 4.
This means that all of Apple’s current iOS devices, which include iPhones 5C, 5S, 6 & 6 Plus, iPod Touch 5th-generation, iPad Air, Air 2, Mini 2 and Mini 3 all have Retina Displays for the first time.
Apple started this legacy of sharper displays with the launch of the successful iPhone 4 way back in 2010. The phone’s success led to the announcement of the iPad 3 which was the first Apple tablet with Retina Display. Apple later used the moniker for a number of other, non-iOS devices too, such as the MacBook Pro with Retina Display and the 5th-generation iMac.
While the iOS line-up is finally all-Retina, the same can’t be said about the company’s other devices such as the MacBook Air. While Apple has unveiled a Retina 5K iMac recently and has been rolling out Retina MacBook Pros for years now, the entry-level 11” MacBook Air firmly remains at a passable 1366 x 768 resolution. It is not unusable, but seems a bit archaic.
However, the target demographic of the Air was never power users and the aesthetics and battery life might be affected adversely if that happens so we aren’t complaining. It is a good thing that the new MacBook solves this issue.