Apple Makes Retina Screenshots Compulsory For iPhone Developers

Till now, iOS developers could submit their apps for iPhone and iPod touch without having to submit Retina screenshots. But now, in a statement released by Apple recently, the company has made it compulsory that any new apps that are submitted must include Retina screenshots. Moreover, any updates that are submitted for existing apps should include Retina screenshots. With an higher-resolution iPad 3 on it’s way, we can expect Apple is gearing up for the device in advance.

The official statement released by Apple read so,

Required iPhone & iPod touch Screenshot Upgrade for Retina Display
When you create or update your apps in iTunes Connect, you must upload screenshots that are high-resolution. We require your screenshots as high-resolution images so that your app is optimized for the Retina display.
The requirements for high-resolution images are 960 x 640, 960 x 600, 640 x 960, or 640 x 920 pixels. Images must be at least 72 dpi, in the RGB color space, and the file must be .jpeg, .jpg, .tif, .tiff, or .png. You can update your screenshot files at any time in iTunes Connect.”

Formerly, many developers have been using non-Retina screenshots with a resolution of 480*320 screenshots and Apple would then scale these screenshots up for Retina displays. However, now that Retina displays are clearly the standard in all Apple’s handheld devices, clearly Apple is no longer ready to accept non-Retina screenshots. And that does make sense.

With Apple planning to up the game with iPad 3 which is rumored to have a resolution that will be double of that in iPad 2, taking it to 2048*1536, it definitely is the appropriate time to move to Retina screenshots in advance so as to prepare the way for iPad 3.

Image courtesy Drukelly.

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