Why Retina Everything?

pixelsI’ve used the movie Minority Report as an illustration on #NoCamo before. If you have seen the movie, you know that it is a good representation of the way many people believe the future will look. Myself included.

Particularly, the fact that there is video everywhere!

Isn’t that what we think of when we consider the sci-fi future? Video and bright screens blazing at every angle. But forget the future – today, there are video billboards in the small offshoot town of Lexington where I live. The future is now.

But is the video on those screens in Minority Report high-def? No. 3D sometimes, sure. But not high-def. Some images are downright blurry.

When Apple did its most recent product announcement, there were some that lamented the lack of a MacBook Air with Retina display. I was not among them. I am a huge MacBook Air fan – when mine starts showing its age, I’ll hand it down to one of the kids and get another. But I am not lamenting the fact that the screen is not Retina. I bought the thing for the portability and battery life, not the screen. Besides, the screen looks great to me. And the battery life I currently get would be kaput if that battery was firing twice the pixels.

I’ve spent quite a bit of time archiving all of our family DVD’s in digital form, but I have not taken an interest in doing the same with our Blu-rays. I can deal with a one or two GB file, but who could store scores of 4-5 GB files? And large files are more likely to cause the device playing them to stutter and skip. The size and quality of the files I keep is good enough to justify the fact that they aren’t the highest definition possible.

I’m no Luddite. I am techie as you can get. But I don’t have to have a screen in my face to be satisfied with life. And when there is a screen in my face, I don’t freak if I can make out a pixel or two.