Welcome to the World Beyond the PC (Page 2)

6.7.2013 Daniel Jaramillo

Don't take my word for it. Consider what screen reading pioneer, and inventor of ClearType, Bill Hills has to say about it:

The latest 3rd-Gen iPad has a display resolution of 264ppi. And it somehow manages to maintain a ten-hour battery life (9 hours with wireless on). Yep that’s right. That much resolution is stunning. To see it on a device like the iPad that is sold en masse and has become a mainstream icon- rather than a $13,000 exotic monitor - is truly astounding, and it’s something I've been waiting for what seems like ages to experience.

It also means that this is a standard that has been set, all other tablet manufacturers need to keep up and it’s also a hurdle that PCs will need to overcome.

The experts down at DisplayMate have all the measurements and calculations to back these claims:

“… the new iPad’s picture quality, color accuracy, and gray scale are not only much better than any other Tablet or Smartphone, it’s also much better than most HDTVs, laptops, and monitors. In fact with some minor calibration tweaks the new iPad would qualify as a studio reference monitor.”

Yes of course, this is all happening on tiny 4" and 10" screens first, simply due to economics. It will take a little rooting time to pick up. I am dumbfounded when I think of the astronomical prices this technology could reach on a 24 or 27 inch display, the display specs and everything in the iPad on such a screen would cost a truckload of dough, but of course, that only applies for right now. But until the iPhone and iPad came around, as far as I can tell, nobody else was even bothering to tinker with and improve resolution on monitor displays – even though all the existing HCI research tells us that higher resolution displays are a deep fundamental improvement in computer components and computing as a whole. I hope these newly set standards are just samplers of what’s yet to come in the post-PC world. They are tantalizing and so I just want to say: Bring it on!

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