New iPad = New App Opportunities

by: | Apr 2, 2012

Apple’s new iPad (tech specs) offers exciting opportunities for your app: a 2048-by-1536-pixel resolution Retina display, an A5X chip with quad-core graphics, a 5 megapixel camera capable of recording 1080p HD video, and true 4G network connectivity.  These are big improvements when compared to the iPad 2.

There’s some simple things you can do in your app to take advantage of the new iPad right away. Let’s take a look at some.

Retina Display and 1080p HD Video

The new iPad’s Retina display has four times the resolution of the iPad 2. The 2048-by-1536-pixel resolution at 264 pixels per inch (ppi) is better than most desktop monitors currently on the market. To take advantage of this improved resolution, you’ll want to update your app to include high resolution image files. The process is similar to when the Retina display became available for the iPhone 4.

ArcTouch recommends that you do your user-interface (UI) design in Retina display size, and then scale down the assets to standard display when preparing them for production. Our app UI designers in San Francisco can help.

One thing to note about adding Retina images to your app, the larger image sizes may push your app over 50MB in size. If your app does go over 50MB in size, the iTunes App Store will only update the app when WiFi is available.  If WiFi-only installs and updates are an issue for you, then you will want to consider publishing a smaller app that downloads the Retina images in the background. ArcTouch can implement this for you.

The new iPad is now capable of playing 1080p HD video without any modifications to your code. Add 1080p versions of any video you serve onto your media server, and the new iPad can play it.

The Future Of Your App

The new iPad also offers text dictation and a 5 megapixel front facing camera capable of recording 1080p HD video. To take full advantage text dictation and 1080p HD video recording requires some planning and changes to your app. Let us help you understand how your app can be a showcase app on the new iPad. We’re experts in iPad development and have top iPad and iPhone app developers available to help. Contact us to learn more about what we can do for you.