Mipmaps are pre-calculated groups of images that make up a main texture, intended to increase rendering speed and animation performance. They are used in the iOS version of Minecraft, as of Update 0.8.0.
The differences of whether the Player uses mipmaps or not is subtle. There are three major differences.
- Animation is smoother.
- Less Moíre pattern.
- Less visible JPEG artifacts, especially in Leaves.