Retina Display & Memory Tips

I’m running a bit behind today. So, to assuage my guilt feelings, I am going to write a few tips that are on my to-do list for the blog. Later today, I get social with some not-so-common social media apps.

Retina Display?

What does Retina Display really mean? This Apple-coined term is a fancy way of saying the pixels (the dots that make up the screen display) are too small for the eye to see individually. Figuratively, you can’t see the pixels through the forest.

When the screen is a certain distance away from your eyes and is a Retina Display, you can’t see the dots that might be seen on other displays in the same circumstances. There are a lot of variables, and it can be complicated technically, but I have to say I was blown away in comparing my first iPad with the new iPad with Retina Display. I was looking at identical screens of my folders on two iPads in my lighting with my eyes, and it was amazing. Some people were underwhelmed by it (secret Android fanatics :)).

Running out of memory?

I realized today that I was down to 3 GB of space on my 64 GB iPad. That sucks. I know that I am hardly the “average” app consumer, but given a smaller device and even normal app purchasing rate, you inevitably are going to run out of room at some point. This is especially true for people who play games. It will also make itself seen more because the Retina Display on the new iPad means that universal apps that accomodate the display will be larger. For a 16 GB iPhone user, that is a harsh reality.

The positive side is that with iCloud, you are able to own as many apps as you want and they will always be available to you for redownloading in the future. There are exceptions. But, in moving from device to device, I have lost maybe a handful of apps that were pulled from the App Store by Apple or by the developers themselves. Granted, I have only been app collecting for about a year and a half, but that’s not too bad for 4,000+ apps.

To find out how much memory you are using, go to the Settings app > General > About. The numbers are listed as “Capacity” for how much memory your device has left after the operating system and built-in apps are subtracted, and “Available” for how much of that memory is left right now.

This is also where you find how many photos, songs, videos, and apps you have on your device currently. The photo number includes the 1,000 photos in the Photo Stream.

Instead of randomly killing out apps and photos, etc., go to General > Usage to find out how much memory each app is taking up, see them in order from largest to smallest app based on size, and see how much is the app itself and how much is what you have put into the app.

To tell this last detail or to delete any app from the Usage menu, click on it. There you will find the size of the app and the size of Documents & Data that you have added to it. There is also a big red delete button. This will not just delete the documents and data, but also the app itself. Be sure that’s what you really want to do first.

I could go on, but I encourage you to explore the Settings app further. I want to talk about iCloud in the future, among many other things. There is just too much to talk about with iOS! But, if I want to finish the social apps roundup today, I better get started. Until later, start pushing some buttons …