Do web designers ‘need’ a Retina display?

No stranger to annoying web designers, having once said apps were essential and websites weren’t, Instapaper creator Marco Arment has argued on Twitter that if you’re a web designer, “you really, really need to get a Retina MacBook Pro so you can see how bad your site looks on it and fix it”. Arment’s comments follow months of pain for web designers, who’ve suddenly found themselves battling so-called ‘Retina’ high-res displays on Apple kit, which makes web images look blurry due to upscaling.

.net wrote about the new iPad’s display back in March and Christopher Schmitt subsequently explored in depth the problem with adaptive images. But as Arment noted in his tweet and elaborated on in a blog post, such displays of any size are no longer confined to an Apple tablet they’re now in an Apple notebook and will certainly become more commonplace over the coming months. He suggested designers can either play catch-up later, or skate to where the puck is going to be: “Even though it’s a small market today […], it’s inevitably going to increase substantially in the near future. Don’t you want to get ahead of that? Do you want your site to be ready the first time someone views it on a Retina screen, or are you okay with it looking like garbage for a few years until you happen to buy high-DPI hardware?”

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