The new iPad will be on the streets next Friday, and its 2048×1536 pixel screen will test the graphics of App Store apps that have been prepared for the leap in definition. But tablet-optimized software isn’t going to be the only thing affected – and Apple knows it. That’s why those responsible are starting to improve apple.com by doubling the resolution of the images so that everything looks perfect.
For now the only sections that are experiencing this change are the Apple homepage and the iPad section, but as time goes by the rest of the sections of the site will be adding those images at twice the resolution. The changes can be seen, of course, on Apple’s ‘Retina’ screens and all those with HiDPI mode activated.
This change also raises the suspicions of upcoming Macs with HiDPI displays . After all, why make those images available to all browsers when they could only appear in iOS 5’s Safari Mobile to support the new iPad? It smells like Apple is going to give us some interesting surprises this year, and as a result even the websites will have to change to accommodate them.