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iPhone Apps Benefit From Retina Graphics On The New iPad

The third generation iPad is here, bringing with it one of its main features - the high resolution Retina Display. Apple took the decision to change its approach regarding the apps, with the new iPad proudly displaying Retina Display suitable graphics even for apps designed for iPhone.

Until recently, when users wished to run the original iPad apps made for smartphones and tablets, the visual experience was seriously impaired.

These apps could be run in two different ways, either by using a small portion of the screen as if they were on the iPhone display or by artificially filling the iPad screen using pixel doubling.

Despite the fact that this 2x mode delivered pixilated images and fuzzy text, Apple decided to keep the method for both iPad generations, even after Retina Display was introduced, with iPhone 4. To address the situation, the jailbreak community came up with a jailbreak app, RetinaPad, allowing even the original iPad owners to enjoy high resolution graphics on their tablet.

Now, with the "resolutionary" tablet already in the hands of the first users, Apple decided to use Retina graphics in the iPad apps, thus resulting in a better visual experience.

Radu has been working as a freelance writer for more than five years and has been blogging around since 2004. He is interested in anything Apple as well as gaming and mobile applications.