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Now you see it: How Apple's Retina display is a boon to accessibility

Steven Aquino | May 17, 2013
iOS's accessibility features are great, particularly on the iPad--as I've written elsewhere--but for disabled users, accessibility is more than just a niche set of options in the Settings app.

I routinely find that my battery dips quickly if I'm sending a lot of iMessages or surfing the Web in Safari, especially on a cellular connection--and of course my visual impairment means I can't realistically dim the screen to conserve battery power more. Even though it's the way the phone is meant to be used, I feel guilty when I actively use my apps, fully aware that I'm committing first-degree murder on my battery. But it's a necessary evil, forcing me to suffer with worse battery life than most--which isn't the greatest to begin with.

On the bright side, Stephen Hackett at Tools & Toys turned me on to the Mophie Powerstation Duo, which I carry with me in my bag at all times. Whenever I see my phone start to get low on juice, I just plug it in to recharge. All in all, the Mophie was a worthwhile investment that pays for itself time and again combatting my screen's battery-sucking ways.

No Retina, no sale
At the end of his review of the iPad Mini, John Gruber said that while using a non-Retina device was a bitter pill to swallow, he was going to do it anyway because he so favored the Mini's advantages in size and weight. Many agreed with John, insofar that it's an acceptable trade-off, but not me.

Simply put, I will no longer use an iPhone or iPad that doesn't feature a Retina display. Yes, I could use the non-Retina display at max brightness, as I have in the past, but it isn't the same. Having used a Retina display, I can't go back to something that makes using my devices that much more difficult.

I know the limitations of my vision, and the combination of sharp and bright make using my devices, without question, a substantially more enriched experience.

Just as long my Powerstation Duo never runs out of charge.


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