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Tips for getting best results with Apple's new Retina display

Wil Limoges goes over the Retina Display tips that were suggested in Apple's FAQ update, including what to expect when running Windows on the MacBook Pro.

Apple has recently offered up more information about the next generation MacBook Pro with Retina display via an update to the new MacBook Pro’s FAQ page to help users better understand the new Retina display's capabilities and what to expect when running Windows on the MacBook Pro.

Troubleshooting display issues

The document is relatively short explains the difference between scaled resolutions and the Retina setting, as well as noting that all of the applications that are included with OS X Lion support the Retina Display along with the latest versions of iPhoto, iMovie, iTunes, Aperture, Motion, and Final Cut Pro.

Users that experience functional or visual issues with an application are instructed to:

  • Quit the application if it is currently open
  • Find the application within the finder
  • Right-click or control click the application's icon and select Get Info
  • Check the box Open in Low Resolution, which will allow the application to run in a Low Resolution mode. Since the display hasn’t been on the market long, expect most apps to run better in low-resolution mode.

For applications that use their own settings, such as 3D games, Apple recommends using the 1440x900 resolution. I, for one, suggest playing around with the resolution settings within games to see what looks best on the display. Some games like Blizzard’s Diablo III already support the native 2880 x 1800 resolution and more are sure to follow.

Multiple displays

For multiple display resolutions, Apple provided a tip for accessing more screen resolutions that are not present within the Display Preferences initially. When using multiple displays, you can hold down the option key when clicking the scaled button to view the additional settings. Additionally, when mirroring your display you now have the option to optimize the settings for the MacBook Pro display or for the external display.

Running Windows 7 is supported on the new MacBook Pro using Boot Camp; however, Apple notes that you will need to download and install the Windows Support Software using the Boot Camp Assistant. Apple also mentions that under Windows 7, icons may look small and that the maximum dpi Windows supports is 144 dpi, or 150% magnification, which can be adjusted using the Windows Display Control Panel.

About

Wil Limoges is a Louisville, KY freelance web designer and Digital Savant at the vimarc group. He has had the pleasure of working for Apple as a Genius, loves science, and aspires to make great things!

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