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Retina display

The apple of my eye

iTards ((On the suffix –tard, see Tard.)) the world over are moaning and stroking themselves slowly after Apple unveiled the iPhone 4, which is exactly like the last iPhone except it is now one centimetre thick and has a RETINA DISPLAY OMG WTF LOL???!!!111oneoneone.

What is a retina display? Is it a sci-fi device that interfaces directly with your retina, tickling your rods and cones so as to inject a phantasmagoric image directly into the optic nerve? Actually, no; it’s just, er, a display that has more pixels per square inch than most other displays. The only thing it has to do with your retina is that light from it passes through your eye and hits the retina — in other words, retina-wise, the RETINA DISPLAY is exactly like any other visible object.

I’m glad I got that off my chest. Now, excuse me while I go and invent some TASTEBUD FOOD?

  1. 1  richard  June 9, 2010, 3:45 pm 

    Will I have to wear my HD Vision Ultra sunglasses for my retina to take full advantage of it, I wonder? How will I be able to deal with the desert of the real after that?

    Imagine for a moment if these worked. The Colour Out of Plastic.

  2. 2  ian  June 10, 2010, 2:33 pm 

    You obviously just “don’t get it” (c) John Gruber

  3. 3  Steven  June 10, 2010, 2:42 pm 

    I expect that if Steve Jobs started eating children, John Gruber would write a long, discursive post with many subheadings explaining that children are in fact quite nutritious and there are probably too many of them around anyway?

  4. 4  darjeeling junkie  June 10, 2010, 7:05 pm 

    Yeah,it’s just like “dangerous weapons” or so-called “smelly feet”.
    Are there any type of weapons that aren’t smelly,that’s what I want to knoe.

  5. 5  democracy_grenade  June 10, 2010, 7:42 pm 

    Yeah,it’s just like “dangerous weapons”…

    At least that particular tautology is obviously and at first glance just a tautology (albeit one that is almost certainly ‘doing work’). Whereas “retina display” suckers the reader into the belief that (s)he is being offered something novel, before kicking him/her in the groin with its pulverising redundancy.

  6. 6  KB Player  June 13, 2010, 1:08 pm 

    Does this gadget have a tactile keyboard as well?

  7. 7  Stan  June 14, 2010, 10:03 pm 

    KB Player: I think it has a nervous-system-compatible interface, which requires fingers (or similar) for full functionality.

  8. 8  mynamesdan  June 16, 2010, 10:24 am 

    full audio speakers?

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