For the First Time, All iOS Devices Come with Retina Displays

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.


  • Shaaf

    OS X picture in an iOS related article..

    • Dr. Aamir Liaquat Hussain

      yup I noticed before reading the article

  • Bilal Iqbal

    Taliyaaaan…

  • Taha Najam

    Retina is just another buzzword created by Apple to fool the iSheeps. When smartphones and tablets today are moving onto QHD displays, their flagship phone still sports a resolution of sub 1080p.

    • Ammar

      ‘Retina’ is not about resolution, it’s about scaling the UX at high resolutions. I’d go into details, but your noob mind will find it too much to handle.

      • Taha Najam

        Okay, this is going to be good. Get ready for some ass whooping, son. So Retina is about scaling the “UX”, huh? As in the user experience? I take it you have no idea what’s the difference between UX and UI? Also, guess what? You’re wrong. Shocking, huh? Retina has nothing to do with scaling of anything. The scaling thingy has got buzzword all of its own. Apple calls it HiDPI mode. But of course a noob like you wouldn’t know that. Let me clue you in what Retina is actually about. That is, if your RDF induced mind can keep up. 326. That’s the magic number Jobs pulled out of his behind at the iPhone 4 announcement when he introduced the Retina buzzword. According to him, a person with 20/20 vision cannot discern individual pixels on a display with that many pixels per inches viewing it at a distance of 12 inches. A claim that has since been debunked by scientists. So that’s the gist of it. I hope this was a nice lesson. You can come to Papa anytime you feel like getting schooled. Peace out, iTards!

      • Taha Najam

        Okay, this is going to be good. Get ready for some a** whooping, son. So Retina is about scaling the “UX”, huh? As in the user experience? I take it you have no idea what’s the difference between UX and UI? Also, guess what? You’re wrong. Shocking, huh? Retina has nothing to do with scaling of anything. The scaling thingy has got buzzword all of its own. Apple calls it HiDPI mode. But of course a noob like you wouldn’t know that. Let me clue you in what Retina is actually about. That is, if your RDF induced mind can keep up. 326. That’s the magic number Jobs pulled out of his behind at the iPhone 4 announcement when he introduced the Retina buzzword. According to him, a person with 20/20 vision cannot discern individual pixels on a display with that many pixels per inches viewing it at a distance of 12 inches. A claim that has since been debunked by scientists. So that’s the gist of it. I hope this was a nice lesson. You can come to Papa anytime you feel like getting schooled. Peace out, iTards!

        • Ammar

          “The scaling thingy has got a buzzword all of its own.”

          oh god….who even taught you how to use the internet and post comments.

          • Taha Najam

            Lmao, that’s all you have to say after you just got your a** handed to you on a platter? Do I smell desperation? Well… all I can say is try harder maybe?

            • Ammar

              no i just don’t even know where to begin. sometimes its just better to accept defeat at the hands of an idiot and bow down. im gonna do that here.

              • Taha Najam

                Haha, making up pathetic excuses when you’ve got no comebacks. You’re even dumber than I thought.

  • shajeel afzal

    What iMac will be running iOS OS? :P