It’s totally changed! Can’t you see it?

I just saw the a live coverage of the WWDC presentation. Interesting to see the new iPhone. As always Apple makes a big fuzz about mundane improvements. I especially enjoyed little details like giving names to new technology. “Retina Display” seems emotionally so much more engaging than “960×640px 326ppi display”. It’s actually a well-known method (“It’s Toasted!”) in advertising. Apple doesn’t do it particularly well, actually. The competition is just so horribly bad at it. So in my book, they certainly deserve the attention they get for it. And I completely agree – a high resolution display makes a huge difference. The Nexus one already blew me away. It’s nice to see Apple catch up. I’m quite eager to take a look at it.

Sadly, the other features of the new iPhone don’t seem too revolutionary to me. Apple claims “This changes everything”. Looking at what they presented this seems more like a wish than a statement. I find the videophone feature particularly dumb. You know, because it was so revolutionary on the computer, right? Oh wait, it wasn’t really I guess. You try it once or twice, you get bored of it. You get into situations where it doesn’t work or where it’s inconvenient, you stop even trying using it. The fact that it works only over Wi-fi and apparently requires both parties to use an iPhone 4 are big show-stoppers right there. I’ll stick to the telephone, but thanks for trying.


“Yes I know, you can’t see me. No, I’m fine, I’m just not in the mood, please understand that. Yes, I will turn it on the next time, I promise. No, I don’t know when that will be.”

I was watching the coverage because I’m actually currently looking for an external display for my Notebook. Cutting some HD footage for TRAUMA I realized that this screen is really getting too small for me. I was hoping Apple would drop a bigger LED Cinema Display. Sadly they didn’t. But I was considering alternatives anyway. I heard that the Apple displays were seriously over-priced. But does anybody have specific recommendations for me? I’m looking for something around 27″ and upwards. Yeah I know, I’m hardcore.

Krystian Majewski

Krystian Majewski was born in Warsaw and studied design at Köln International School of Design. Before, he was working on a mid-size console project for NEON Studios in Frankfurt. He helped establish a Master course in Game Design and Research at the Cologne Game Lab. Today he teaches Game Design at various institutions and develops independent games.

2 responses to “It’s totally changed! Can’t you see it?”

  1. sirleto

    displays: if i say “dell” again, will you hurt me?
    actually i have a good friend and a colleague next to me, both using top-notch dell screens and are very happy with it.

    these are the large ones at (germany), 27 and 30 inch available – but not for my budget :)

    i’m sitting behind a sharp but color and contrast and brightness wise mediocre BenQ G2400WT, 24″, 1920×1200, VGA, DVI, HDMI – but atleast it was less than 300 euros :)

    actually having a 30″ screen with 2560 resolution on desk (i sat in front of it at my friends home) totally sucks for me. you have to move it so far away from you or you die from moving your heads and eyes a lot. … so far away that actually my eye sights seems to bad to actually work well with the resulting resolution.

    27 inch full hd sounds pretty perfect for me as a desktop working screen.
    for playing i like my 37″ full hd tv screen, which is a completely different level of colors and brightness. in good and bad ways…

  2. Krystian Majewski

    Yeah, as I hinted at in the post, I was considering the 27″ Dell.

    I saw some quite good reviews of it and I found deals well under 1000eur for it.

    As for the size I don’t think this will be a problem. The whole idea started when I used the old 30″ Apple Cinema Display at KISD. I’m just such a sucker for screen real estate.


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