The New iPad – Time for App Developers to Upgrade Their Graphics

With the announcement of Apple’s new iPad with the higher resolution Retinal display, it means that iOS developers will have to update the graphics for any apps that run on the new device.

Apple’s new iOS Human Interface Guidelines require a minimum of 10 icon sizes (more if your app needs document icons)! Its time for all app developers to re-size and redraw.

In descending pixel order, the app icons for iPhone and iPad apps are:

  • 1024 x 1024 – Hi-Res app icon for the App Store
  • 512 x 512     – Standard app icon for the App Store
  • 144 x 144     – App icon for New iPad
  • 114 x 114     – App icon for Hi-Res iPhone and iPod Touch
  • 100 x 100     –  Hi-Res iPad Spotlight search results
  • 72 x 72         – Standard app icon for the iPad
  • 58 x 58         – Settings and Spotlight search results for Hi-Res iPhone and iPod Touch, and Settings for the new iPad
  • 57 x 57         –  App icon for standard iPhone and iPod Touch
  • 50 x 50         –  Standard iPad Spotlight search results
  • 29 x 29         –  Settings and Spotlight search results for standard iPhone and iPod Touch, and Settings for the iPad

There are now six sizes for the launch images as well:

  • 2048 x 1496 – Landscape for the Hi-Res iPad
  • 1536 x 2008 – Portrait for the Hi-Res iPad
  • 1024 x 748   – Landscape for the standard iPad
  • 768 x 1004   – Portrait for the standard iPad
  • 640 x 960     – Hi-Res iPhone and iPod Touch
  • 320 x 480     – Standard iPhone and iPod Touch

For the optimum appearance, all the existing graphics used by an app will also need to be upgraded as well.

Photoshop will be very busy.