The year 2012 brought innovative trends in web designs. These design changes were highly a reflection of cultural and technological drift. With every passing day, designers and developers were inclined towards swifter user interface. Not only this, the introduction of mobile websites also changed the landscape of web designs.
It was a year full of creativity and novelty but the introduction of Retina Display created hype. Retina Display, a term coined by Apple, was aimed at introducing a higher quality display. Such display is not limited to Apple products but other tablets, and monitors also use it. That is why, it has become an important element in creating websites.
What is Retina Display?
Retina Display, a brand of Apple, is applied to a display in which the pixels are liquidated so that the density of the pixels is increased. The human eye is then unable to notice the pixilation of the display giving it a smoother look. These retina screens are two times as denser as the average LCD screen.
To create Retina Display image, save your file in SVG format as it easily resizes itself according to the screen as well as fits well on a pixilated screen without distorting its shape. If there are files that cannot be saved in SVG formats such as a photo, then you need to create two sets of images. The first set should be double the resolution of the original file and the second will be saved in the original size. Now scale down the larger image to half of the size so that it looks crisp in the retina screen.
Retina Display is not suitable for everyone.
These images are most suitable for responsive website but may create trouble in image-based websites, as the images may appear grainy on LCD. To address this issue, retina.js, again introduced by Apple along with CSS/HTML and media query solutions are used. Foresight.js makes it much easier by changing the display of the image according to device display and network connectivity. Not only this, Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator introduced their new version that supports Retina Display.
Why is Retina Display important for your website?
The importance of Retina Display website is ever increasing because of the production of newer smartphones. In the U.S. alone, 28% of smartphone users access the internet through their mobiles. Not only is Apple supporting the higher level of screen resolution but also other tablets and devices. Since everybody loves to view clearer pictures, so this technology insured users to have a highly polished preview of the images. This use of retina display is also prevalent in apps so that the viewer can have smoother pictures.
In short, Retina Display has become important as it gives sharper and crispier results and also developers to have more space to work with the increase in efficiency of websites and apps.