Just Don’t Look At It

I think the best advice I can give, based on the reviews that are start­ing to come out, is sim­ply that if you don’t want to want a new iPad just don’t look at one.

Jim Dal­rym­ple:

strug­gled after the event to put the right words together to describe the dis­play and a week later I’m still lost for the proper anal­ogy. The only thing I can think of that comes close is com­par­ing it to the first time you ever saw an HDTV. Remem­ber how star­tling it was to go from one of those giant stan­dard def­i­n­i­tion pro­jec­tor TVs to an HDTV? That’s what this is like.

John Gru­ber:

Read­ing on the big retina dis­play is pure joy. Going back to the iPad 2 after read­ing for a few hours on the iPad 3 is jar­ring. With big­ger pix­els, anti-​​aliased text looks blurry; with smaller pix­els, anti-​​aliased text looks good; but with really small pix­els like these, anti-​​aliased text looks impos­si­bly good — and what you thought looked pretty good before (like text ren­dered on older iPads) now looks blurry.

Jason Snell of Mac­world:

Users of the iPad 2 shouldn’t fret: Their iPad invest­ment is cer­tainly good for another year. But they might not want to look too closely at the new iPad’s screen. Once you get a load of that Retina dis­play, it’s hard to go back to any­thing else.

And this, again from Gruber’s review, doesn’t bode well for me and my clients in my day job:

Web­sites, too — most graph­ics and images on the web are behind the curve, as of today. Text looks great in Safari, but non-​​retina images look slightly blurry. The iPad dis­play is so good that it shows, like no device before it, just how crummy most images on the web are.

So please don’t show me your new iPad. I’m sure it’s amaz­ing but I’d pre­fer to stay in the dark until my bank account is in a posi­tion to with­stand the unnec­es­sary pur­chase of the new iPad.