The iPad three, it has been reported, will have a retina screen making for even more sharper and high resolution pictures than before. The one problem for web designers is the fact that this will lead to a clamor for top resolution, top quality pictures on web sites targeting the mobile device, tablet and smart phone marketplaces. A website builder, utilizing HTML5 and not Mobile Flash, could be a good solution but there are lots of other elements to consider for web designers.
For starters, top graphic resolutions will certainly mean greater loading times. Bearing in mind 4G networks are not quite in position yet, this means that 3G networks may, for the time being at least, need to cope with websites using pictures and websites with greater resolution and pixels than ever before as web designers try to improve the display of their site to fit the iPad’s new retina display. Internet strategist Brad Frost said to Net Magazine:
“The user on the bus can be on slow Wi-Fi or 3G and might just need to get the damn assets downloaded. They shouldn’t be punished with downloading a massive Retina-ready image. We need a way to properly address this.”
This is certainly the big dilemma for internet designers, or perhaps individuals utilizing a HTML5 website builder: is presentation or loading speed more vital? For certain, there will probably be many web designers over the subsequent few months or so looking to correct the large issues this may bring about.
From my point of view, even though presentation is extremely vital, and would especially be a main concern for iPad 3 users with a retina display, there is no reason getting a mobile device friendly web site if nobody can access it due to the slow downloading speeds brought on by the high resolution images.
Talk continues to be about optimizing Scalable Vector Graphics to assist with this predicament, and hopefully web designers, and those utilizing a website builder, will not have to be concerned too much in the future about how quick their web website loads, and may look more towards optimizing their site for the very best presentation achievable on retina displays.