The Atlantic reports that the iPad 3’s high resolution retina display is making the web look bad. Not exactly what we expected from a display that’s scored as much praise as this one has. But still, it makes sense. Web designers have kept their imagery within the bounds they considered reasonable in an effort to increase page load times.
The increasing importance of mobile browsing and the sometimes slow and unreliable networks that accompany it has probably prolonged this effect even longer. But the end result is that as sites start to design for higher resolution displays on the iPad, and the other devices and displays that will surely follow Apple’s lead, they’ll be creating bigger image files.
One of two things can happen. Image compression can get better, allowing file sizes to shrink, or internet bandwidth can grow. My guess is people will keep clamoring for the latter.