Posted by Adam Shepherd 15 September 2014
The top 10 Apple products ranked by pixel density: Which Apple devices have the sharpest screens?
In this era of technological advancement, the phone in your pocket has a sharper screen than the TV in your living room. Since Apple is making a fuss about the iPhone 6 Plus's 'Retina HD' screen and increased pixel density, we thought it would be useful to count down the Apple products with the 10 most impressive displays.
10 – iMac - 102ppi
Despite the iMac’s 21.5in screen looking absolutely gorgeous, the pixel density it offers is actually comparatively low, with a non-Retina display and only 102ppi.
Read our full review of the latest iMac here.
9 – MacBook Air - 128ppi
The MacBook Air, beloved of art and design students everywhere, actually has one of the lowest pixel densities of Apple’s entire range, clocking in at a mere 128ppi.
Read our full review of the MacBook Air here.
8 - MacBook Pro - 227ppi
It’s big brother, however, is considerably better. The MacBook Pro improves over the Air’s count by a clear 100px, with Retina display and a pixel density of 227ppi in the 13in model.
Read our full review of the MacBook Pro here.
7 (6=) iPad 3rd / 4th-gen - 264ppi
The latest generation of iPads, although less sleek-looking than their Mini and Air cousins, are nonetheless equipped with a Retina display, running at 264ppi.
Read our full review of the latest iPad here.
6 iPad Air - 264ppi
The iPad Air, much touted for it’s svelte dimensions, has not skimped on display in order to achieve its slimness. It features the same Retina display as the larger iPad, at the same 264ppi density.
Read our full review of the iPad Air here.
5 (2=) iPad Mini - 326ppi
Though more compact than any previous iPad, the iPad mini nonetheless boasts the most advanced display of the whole range, with a 326ppi Retina display. That's the same as all iPhones back to the iPhone 4, and beaten only by the new iPhone 6 Plus.
Read our full review of the iPad Mini here.
4 (2=) iPhone 4 - 326ppi
Launched in 2010, the iPhone 4 nevertheless boasts one of Apple’s highest pixel densities, with a none-too shabby 326ppi and a Retina display. That makes it, along with the revised iPhone 4s, joint second in our top 10 list!
Read our full review of the iPhone 4 here.
3 (2=) iPhone 5s - 326ppi
Although the iPhone 5 and 5s both improved on the iPhone 4s’ technical specifications in many ways, the pixel density was not one of them, with a larger screen, but the same 326ppi rating.
Read our full review of the iPhone 5s here.
2= iPhone 6 - 326ppi
Apple’s new flagship, the recently launched iPhone 6, boasts among other things a larger 4.7in screen. However, while one might expect the pixel count to go similarly up, it still remains unchanged, hovering at a steady 326ppi.
Read all about where to get the new iPhone 6 here.
1 iPhone 6 Plus - 401ppi
For the first time in four years, an iPhone model has received an upgrade to pixel density; the iPhone 6 Plus, launched alongside the iPhone 6, has a larger 5.5in screen, and has scaled up the density accordingly. It is now hovering at a comparatively staggering 401ppi, leaving us to question for how long this will remain Apple’s standard.
Read our comparison review of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus here.