New iPad Retina Display: Setting A New Web Standard?

Ever since the new iPad was introduced to the market and Apple fans buzzed with enthusiasm over the high resolution display, a small minority showing worry rather than happiness has appeared.

Web developers reluctant to update their websites for the devices with high resolution displays are beginning to sense the trouble. Updating a website with crisp looking images might come with additional issues.

The web pages take more time to load, more storage is needed and an upgraded website requires more bandwidth.

Also, the programming needs to focus on various size images in order to direct the images to the screens according to the resolution display. In short, the costs to making and maintaining a professional website will undoubtedly rise.

However, ignoring users' higher expectations and not optimising the websites could prove a faulty strategy in the long run. Gabriel Shaoolian, chief executive of Blue Fountain Media is thinking about upgrading websites but before taking any action he asked himself: "If I change my images, will my visitors get more value out of it?"

For now, the web developers can afford to hover over the dilemma but analysts warn that in two to three years the high resolution standard will reach the mainstream.