What is a Retina Display?

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“Images take on a new level of realism,” says Apple’s website describing the company’s highest quality screen that is on some of Apple’s MacBook Pros, iMacs, iPads and iPhones.  Apple’s Retina Display was first revealed in 2010 by Steve Jobs with the launch of the iPhone 4 that had a pixel density of 326 pixels per inch.  At the time this was a big deal in the smartphone market, and the improvement made the iPhone 4 one of the best phones available.


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With products like the MacBook Pro that are available with an antiglare, glossy or Retina Display, many consumers aren’t aware of the differences between the displays and specifically the advantages of a Retina Display.  The term “Retina” was coined by Apple, it refers to their products with screens with such a high pixel density a person is unable to decipher individual pixels when viewing the screen from a certain distance. A 13-inch MacBook Pro with a Retina screen has over 4 million pixels, and a 2560-by-1600 resolution. While a 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display fosters over 5 million pixels and a 2880-by-1800 resolution. As a result images and texts on the screen appear more crisp and sharp than on the other screens.


The Retina display has been enhanced dramatically for improved screen quality. The new technology gives you vibrant color, reduced glare and high contrast for a better visual experience. Many people who work with graphics or are in a media profession prefer this type of display over the normal ones because of the significant increase in quality of images and text on a Retina screen.


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The only true downfall to getting an Apple product with a Retina display is the cost. A product with a Retina screen can be several hundreds of dollars more expensive than a product without one. If you are still interested in a Retina display but aren’t sure you want to invest in the price, try going with a refurbished computer.  At Mac of all trades we have a whole section of Retina Display MacBook Pros, and have an assortment of other Retina Display products throughout our website.

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