Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 15th May 2014 22:38 UTC
Mac OS X

Apple has released OS X Mavericks 10.9.3 Update, which brings a pixel-doubled Retina mode to external 4K displays and restores contact and calendar syncing between Mac and iOS devices in iTunes. The Retina mode makes content much sharper, rather than just using all the pixels to create a truly huge desktop.

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Retina displays
by p13. on Fri 16th May 2014 07:00 UTC
p13.
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2005-07-10

I probably just don't get it, because i have a -18 dioptrie, so i'm basically like a nerdy mole. I can't see the difference between my 17 inch mbp's screen at full HD and a 15 inch retina MBP ... other than the price diff ... i can see that, obviously.

But ...

It seems a bit ironic to me that you go for super high res displays, only to do pixel doubling and interpolation on them in the end. If things are too tiny to see with the naked eye, and things thus become unusable, then surely, the resolution must be too high for practical use in 90% of all use cases. The logical thing to do would be to lower the res and spend the money elswehere? Let the specialists and niche markets use specialist and niche hardware. Seems a bit dumb to design the mainstream to meet niche goals.

My phone has a full HD screen, the one before it had 720p, the one before that had qHD ... tbh, i don't see the diff with normal use ... unless i squint.

Edited 2014-05-16 07:03 UTC

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RE: Retina displays
by Adurbe on Fri 16th May 2014 08:20 UTC in reply to "Retina displays"
Adurbe Member since:
2005-07-06

Its again at the point of you simply cant see it unless they are side by side. I think even 20/20 eyes cant see all the retina pixels, but the marketing team Really can.

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RE[2]: Retina displays
by dpJudas on Fri 16th May 2014 09:54 UTC in reply to "RE: Retina displays"
dpJudas Member since:
2009-12-10

Its again at the point of you simply cant see it unless they are side by side. I think even 20/20 eyes cant see all the retina pixels, but the marketing team Really can.

Nonsense. I launch the iOS Simulator in non-retina mode daily on my 4k monitor and the visual difference between fonts inside and outside the Simulator is very clear.

And I lost my 20/20 vision over ten years ago.

Telling the difference between 96 DPI images and 192 DPI images is more subtle, but even here if the image has sharp edges in it then it is usually pretty easy.

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RE[3]: Retina displays
by p13. on Fri 16th May 2014 10:45 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Retina displays"
p13. Member since:
2005-07-10

There's a big difference between scaling to non native resolutions on a high res display and a lower res display running at native resolutions.

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RE: Retina displays
by unclefester on Fri 16th May 2014 08:23 UTC in reply to "Retina displays"
unclefester Member since:
2007-01-13


It seems a bit ironic to me that you go for super high res displays, only to do pixel doubling and interpolation on them in the end. If things are too tiny to see with the naked eye, and things thus become unusable, then surely, the resolution must be too high for practical use in 90% of all use cases. The logical thing to do would be to lower the res and spend the money elswehere?


It's just another marketing gimmick.

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RE[2]: Retina displays
by p13. on Fri 16th May 2014 10:46 UTC in reply to "RE: Retina displays"
p13. Member since:
2005-07-10

War of the specs :-)

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RE: Retina displays
by Drumhellar on Fri 16th May 2014 15:31 UTC in reply to "Retina displays"
Drumhellar Member since:
2005-07-12

Well, the pixel doubling is for software that isn't high-PPI aware. Software that is Retina-aware has larger icons, images, and UI controls, so they are physically the same size on screen as non-Retina software.

The end result isn't a smaller UI, but a sharper-looking UI. It's not always immediately apparent (unless viewed side-by-side), but more along the lines of you notice, but don't realize you notice.

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karunko
Member since:
2008-10-28

Anyone else seeing the same message?

And more to the point: what has a software update or a non Apple application (sorry, I mean "app") from the App Store to do with iTunes?!?

I was trying to update Microsoft's Remote Desktop yesterday (i.e., even before 10.9.3 was available) and got the same message!

Confused (and a bit upset too)

RT.

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karunko Member since:
2008-10-28

Too late for editing, but I have an update: it appears that you can, in fact, ignore iTunes' Terms & Conditions and still upgrade to 10.9.3.


RT.

Edited 2014-05-16 07:36 UTC

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Bugs
by nej_simon on Fri 16th May 2014 07:45 UTC
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Member since:
2011-02-11

I hope they fixed some of the bugs. Mavericks is about as buggy as Windows Vista (seriously).

For example, this problem happened to me on day two of owning a brand new MBPr:
https://discussions.apple.com/thread/5481839?start=0&tstart=0

And it still happens occasionally, even after doing a complete format/reinstall and installing all updates as of today.

And then there is the wifi issues..

Not really what you expect when you pay that much for a new computer.

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RE: Bugs
by REM2000 on Fri 16th May 2014 08:11 UTC in reply to "Bugs"
REM2000 Member since:
2006-07-25

it annoying you have that problem with your machine and i can appreciate especially with it being new.

However i wouldn't compare Mavericks with Vista in any shape or form. I have it running on all of my Mac's, my family does and so do friends and we haven't experienced any problems with it.

In fact the new memory optimisations and other tweaks have really speeded up MacOSX for me.

Hope your issue is sorted soon!

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RE: Bugs
by delta0.delta0 on Fri 16th May 2014 11:45 UTC in reply to "Bugs"
delta0.delta0 Member since:
2010-06-01

sudden locking sounds like a hardware problem - give it to apple to check it over - you might have a faulty wifi card or its overheating or something along those lines get them to check it over / replace it. They probably have a faulty batch of the laptops produced - it happens.

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RE: Bugs
by d3vi1 on Fri 16th May 2014 12:40 UTC in reply to "Bugs"
d3vi1 Member since:
2006-01-28

I hope they fixed some of the bugs. Mavericks is about as buggy as Windows Vista (seriously).

I wouldn't make that comparison ever. It's quite stable and well written (I happen to go through their published code occasionally for reference).
For example, this problem happened to me on day two of owning a brand new MBPr:
https://discussions.apple.com/thread/5481839?start=0&tstart=0

And it still happens occasionally, even after doing a complete format/reinstall and installing all updates as of today.

Classic Intel Macs have a USB keyboard/trackpad. For some reason, the Broadcom chip in it does occasionally lock up. I found that issuing a bus reset by putting the laptop into standby (close the lid) and taking it out 1 minute later will do the job. Newer Macs use the SPI bus for the keyboard/trackpad and it might actually be a software bug.

And then there is the wifi issues..


All the WiFi issues I've seen come from a single source: 802.11d. If you bought your computer in the US and are using it outside, it will default to US frequencies. That means that it will not see networks in channel 13 2.4GHz and most of the networks in 5GHz. I've also seen cheap imported routers that advertise Canada and are picked up by my laptop and cause my laptop to only search 1-11 on 2.4GHz instead of the standard ETSI 1-13.
Here's what happens: You set your router on auto frequency and correctly set Germany as the country. Your wireless will go to channel 13 as it has the least noise. You start your laptop and the first wifi found will be your neighbors channel 1 network advertising US, thus your laptop switches to US frequencies and power levels. From here on, it will only see a WiFi if it's in Channel 1 through 11.
That's the source of the problems.

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Where? Oh...
by Soulbender on Fri 16th May 2014 10:32 UTC
Soulbender
Member since:
2005-08-18

You know where to get it.


Pirate Bay?

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by Anonymous on Wed 21st May 2014 09:33 UTC