Once again, the industry is wasting time and energy introducing "improvements" that few people need. I think the desktop monitors we currently have are already nearly perfect, especially 30" 2560x1600 IPS and 27" 2560x1440 IPS, so please just leave them alone. For laptops, instead of developing "retina displays", it would be much better if the industry can bring back 16:10 and 4:3. How about giving us laptops like these:
15.4" 1920x1200 with wide viewing angles, 4 lbs
14.1" 1600x1200 with wide viewing angles, 3 lbs
14.1" 1680x1050 with wide viewing angles, 3 lbs
12.1" 1400x1050 with wide viewing angles, 2 lbs
It shouldn't be too hard to make laptops with these specs. The upcoming Samsung Series 9 will be 15.6" and weigh 3.7 lbs; the Panasonic Toughbook Y Series with 14.1" 1400x1050 and internal optical drive weighs 3.4 lbs (my Y4 was actually 3.38 lbs); and the Panasonic CF-NX1 with 12.1" 1600x900 weighs 2.34 lbs.
Look at all the negative comments of the new iPad, with its increased power consumption, just because of a higher resolution that nobody can even see!
I agree, although 9.7" @ 1024x768 was indeed too low. If I were Apple, I would have gone up to 1400x1050 instead of 2048x1536, for a reasonable balance between image/text quality and power consumption.