Save High Resolution Images from Safari on iPad 3 Despite Downsampling

May 28, 2012 - Leave a Comment

iPad 3 Safari downsamples high resolution images but you can save high quality pictures anyway

Have you ever noticed that some very high resolution images are downsampled when viewed on the iPad 3 in Safari? With certain image file types, high resolution pictures that are larger than 1700×1400 or so will be shrunk down and not display at any greater resolution within Safari, not even sizing up to the native retina 2048×2048 resolution. So what are you supposed to do if you want to view the high resolution images? This is a great question that was asked in our comments regarding saving retina wallpapers to the iPad, and the good news is that the downsampling basically stops at Safari.

There are a handful of workarounds for saving images without being downsampled, use what works for you:

  1. Tap and hold the image to save it to Photos app as high resolution, despite being downsampled in Safari
  2. Save the image to iPhoto
  3. When publishing images, use PNG or progressive JPG
  4. Email images to the iPad

This is a well documented quirk in Safari on the retina iPad, it could be a bug or just a way to make the web browsing experience more fluid given current limitations of hardware. Who knows, but it’s easy to get around for now.

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Posted by: Paul Horowitz in iPad, Tips & Tricks, Troubleshooting

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