I agree wholeheartedly with your "WTF". My 5 year old laptop (luggable) has 1920x1200 resolution. I though 5 years and going from a laptop to a desktop screen should give me a serious boot in resolution. Nope, nothing (unless I go all the way to 30").
The only comfort I have is that maybe the iPhone "retina" hype can switch the focus back to higher resolutions.
I too find it disturbing that displays have gone to 2MP and stopped. We were this close to being able to actually read a PDF on 100% zoom without squinting. WTF is going on?
- Full HD
- "Good enough"
- 3D graphics
- Fonts not scaling to higher resolution
Instead of pixels, most consumers just relate to the words "Full HD". For a lot of people "better than Full HD" makes no more sense than "it goes to 11". And sadly, it's good enough for most (even if it is not enough for you and me).
3D graphics performance is also increasingly critical. Increasing the number of pixels eats a LOT of 3D performance, but makes little difference unless your eyes can clearly see each pixel.
Not all fonts scale properly. On a lot of systems / programs, using higher than FullHD resolution on the average 20-some monitor will make it really hard to read the text in a lot of programs. A lot of people are unable to adjust/fix this.