Cupertino based technology giant, Apple is stuffing more and more pixels into displays of every new product they are launching, and in the latest move by Apple, developers are required to include an app icon that is at least 1024 x 1024 pixels, which is very huge by any standards for an icon. To put that in perspective, it is bigger than current MacBook’s display which has a resolution of 1280 x 800. Apple expects developers to upload an icon that is bigger than standard iPhone or iPad’s screen for that matter, which is pretty big.
The main reason for this could be the retina display. The new MacBook Pro is coming with retina display, and it is said that all the future products from Apple will come with retina display. The image reproduction by normal displays aren’t in par with image reproduction quality of retina displays, and the company wants each and every product in its lineup to reproduce an image in the exact same way.
Apple TV rumors are getting louder day by day, and it is rumored to have retina display and a feature complete operating system, unlike the one that is found on the current Apple TV. It is also said to have Siri voice controls, compatibility with third party devices and app store. Apple TV may come with a 30 inch screen to start with, and since it will be featuring retina display, we can try to relate why Apple is requiring icons as big as 1024 x 1024 pixels.
Icons like this are also used in the Mac App Store in various places, and because Apple’s screens are including more and more pixels all the time, bigger icons are required. The drawback of using such big icons is that bigger the icons, more the disk space it would need, and since it will also be bundled with apps, so ultimately it will take more space on user’s system. Also, the system will be utilizing more memory in the process of rendering the icon, but seems like Apple is okay with this trade off. It shouldn’t affect users much, but for developers, it is time to go back to the drawing board.