iOS device sub-pixel order

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  1. Marc Edwards ✎ Bjango Marc Edwards ✎ Bjango

    This shot is the companion to: Sub-pixel text rendering

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    The attachment can be used to compare sub-pixel antialiased text and standard antialiased text on an iPhone, if you'd like to see if you can tell the difference (iOS doesn't render sub-pixel antialiased text).

    To use the image, you'll have to display it at precisely 100% with the home button icon next to the home button on the iPhone.

    The text blocks were created in TextEdit on a Mac. The standard antialiased text is a greyscale version of the sub-pixel antialiased text, to ensure there's no difference in font weight.

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    over 1 year ago

  2. Christopher Downer Christopher Downer

    Die fokken Antwoord.

    Great article, something I've noticed but never looked into. Definitely a difference there between the two when viewed on the device.

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    over 1 year ago

  3. Hidde van der Ploeg Hidde van der Ploeg

    You sir, you're like a jedi master for pixel pushers

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    over 1 year ago

  4. Marc Edwards ✎ Bjango Marc Edwards ✎ Bjango

    @Christopher Downer Next level. What difference are you seeing? Does one look better than the other? If anything, the second text looks slightly heavier. Neither look better or sharper to me.

    What's it look like to you with the iPhone upside down? The sub-pixel text should be a bit different. (Again, I can't see much difference.)

    @Hidde van der Ploeg Thanks. :) It's just good to talk about these things.

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  5. Ray Ray

    i don't even know what's that,but i felt it so awesome.

    over 1 year ago

  6. Christopher Downer Christopher Downer

    @Marc Edwards ✎ Bjango The sub-pixel version looks thinner to me (iPhone 4, home button on bottom) It takes a bit of staring down to pick up when comparing the two side-by-side. Same thing when the phone is upside down, but the text overall looks a lot crisper, but not in a good way. Horizontal, both ways looks the same as it does when upright.

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  7. Ben Regali Ben Regali

    I think sub-pixel text looks slightly sharper to me, but only in comparison.
    But for all the other reasons (like animations and such) you mentioned in your great article, there is no reason why one should support it in the long run.

    over 1 year ago

  8. Every Interaction Every Interaction

    This is why I can't see my iPad screen in landscape when wearing polarising sun glasses.

    over 1 year ago

  9. Marc Edwards ✎ Bjango Marc Edwards ✎ Bjango

    @Every Interaction I think that might be related to polarisation. I haven't seen that myself, but @Matt Kelsh has and knows more about it.

    I guess my sunglasses aren't polarised? Does it work for all iPads? (Tested here with an iPad 3.)

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  10. Every Interaction Every Interaction

    @Marc Edwards ✎ Bjango not sunny enough this side of the globe to test ;) Little research reveals it's to do with the extinction angle of the LCD crystals: http://www.displaymate.com/news.html#1
    Clearly more of a problem for "movie stars and an increasing number of regular people also wear sunglasses indoors"...

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