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| July 10, 2013
Apple's iOS 7 Beta 3 Improves Compatibility Mode On Non-Retina iPads
One of the more subtle changes made in iOS 7 beta 3 concerns the operating system's "2x" compatibility mode, in which iPhone-only applications can run in a "blown up" version on an iPad. In the latest prerelease mobile software, Apple has utilized Retina display-optimized iPhone applications in order to improve compatibility mode on non-Retina iPads, according to MacRumors. The website explains:
with the advent of Retina displays on the iPhone supporting apps at 960x640, Apple moved to take advantage of those higher-quality assets to provide a better viewing experience on the iPad for those apps that do not have native iPad interfaces. Since the introduction of the third-generation iPad last year, Apple's Retina iPads have been able to tap into the Retina assets in iPhone apps to display higher-quality 2x apps, and with iOS 7 beta 3 Apple has now brought that capability to its non-Retina tablets.For an idea of the change, check out the below image, in which the App Store app is shown running on an iPad mini in compatibility mode in iOS 6 (left), and in iOS 7 (right). As you can see, the right-hand image is crisper, fonts are clearer, and user interface elements look better, despite the app nevertheless appearing in compatibility mode. [caption id="attachment_439198" align="aligncenter" width="1500"] Click to enlarge.[/caption] Furthermore, the "1x" and "2x" toggle button, which allowed users to switch between iPhone-sized or blown-up app views on an iPad, has disappeared. The new feature in iOS 7 beta 3 appears now to be the default mode of viewing Retina-optimized iPhone apps on a non-Retina iPad. In fact, the above change is markedly similar to the functionality of RetinaPad, a jailbreak tweak that launched in the Cydia Store way back in 2010. As such, it looks like another iOS 7 feature which borrows from the jailbreak scene has been discovered. Interested in learning more about iOS 7 beta 3? Be sure to see our pick of the software update's best features. For more of our recent news, see: Discover More Interesting Tags And Blogs With Tumblr For iOS' Updated Explore Tab, Dropbox-Acquired Email App Mailbox Gains Dropbox Attachments Integration, and New Path Update Paves The Way For Stickers In Comments, Better iPad Interface And More.