by Luis Villazon I went to look at the Retina 5K iMac a few weeks ago, to reassure myself. Because I really don’t want to like it. An extra £400 more than the highestspec 27-inch non-retina iMac? Four hundredths of a penny for each extra pixel sounds cheap, but most of mine will just be white. I normally have my display tiled, with Scrivener and Finder taking up the left-hand side, and Mail and Safari on the right. How much sharper do I really need my text to be?
But happily, even full-screen photos on the 5K iMac in the store didn’t seem all that much better to me. This is the fault of my retinas, not the iMac’s.
Four hundredths of a penny for each extra
pixel? But most of mine will just be white
These days, with my glasses on, retina resolution is 2560x1440, tops. To make out the individual pixels on a Retina 5K screen, I’d have to get so close that I’d be Luis through the looking glass. I think that monitors have now become as large as they ever will – both in terms of resolution and physical dimensions. I’m impatient for them to start getting smaller again!
Apple needs its own version of Google Glass. I want prescription lenses with built-in screens and head tracking. My desktop monitor becomes a white section of wall that the glasses use as a virtual projection screen. My apps are displayed when I’m looking at that bit of the wall, but if I look away, they scroll off to the side. And everyone else sees just the wall. Now that’s something I’d pay an extra £400 for…