If you own Apple's latest iPad that incorporates their brilliant Retina Display technology, you know just how stunning it is to behold. The technology behind the Retina Display is obviously harder to copy than most thought. A recent report out Korea states that Samsung is struggling to come up with a matching resolution solution.
According to Korea IT News, "Samsung Display succeeded in boosting the screen resolution of AMOLED by means of fine metal mask (FMM) technology. In doing so, the display panel manufacturer veered from laser-induced thermal imaging (LITI), an alternative technology it had focused its R&D efforts on. Experts are paying attention to whether the new technique will be able to fully resolve AMOLED's resolution problem, its weakest point compared with the Retina Display of the iPhone."
The Flipside of Brilliant Displays
Yet the flipside to a brilliant display such as Apple's Retina is that it may be too brilliant if the setting is set too high. A new study from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services states that screen time should be limited to less than 2 hours per day. But it goes on to point to display backlighting being one of the largest culprits.
A report published by "A Healthier Michigan," states that "Most computer, tv, or phone screens are backlit. That is, the screens have built in light to illuminate the screen making it visible during dark or extremely bright conditions. This artificial lighting can cause our eyes to dilate or constrict according to the screen brightness and maintain this focus for long periods of time. Constantly staring at a screen can cause sensitivity to light, or photophobia, or can lead to problems such as blurred vision, headaches, or focus problems.
These factors together cause a downward spiral. Our vision becomes poorer, resulting in closer distances, more focusing, and brighter lighting to see the screens we depend on. The net result is medically called "Computer Vision Syndrome" and affects an estimated 150-200 million US workers. In the past 25 years, the growing presence of the personal computer, laptops, and televisions in everyday life has contributed to a 66% increase in nearsightedness amongst the population."
As someone who works on computers some 14 hours a day, I've experienced these symptoms. The report goes on to state that in order to prevent your eyes from suffering from too much screen time, take frequent breaks away from the screen, sit as far away from the screen as possible, and use glare protectors to reduce the amount of light focused into the eye." Of course a glare protector would be a direct conflict to Apple's Resolutionary Display so an alternative would be to crank down the iPad's brightness in your settings - for the sake of your eyes in the long run.