Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 11th Jun 2012 21:19 UTC
Apple Apple held its keynote speech just now, kicking off its developer conference. The company announced minor refreshes for its laptop line, introduced a stunning new laptop with a Retina display, and gave a sneak peek of iOS 6, which will launch in the Fall.
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No new MacBook Pro for me this year
by markus on Tue 12th Jun 2012 03:11 UTC
markus
Member since:
2006-01-14

I am currently using a MBP 17" that is now nearly one and a half years old and was hoping for a hardware refresh.
Since I am using the MBP to write code and other textual stuff I am interested in getting as much (readable) text as possible on the screen.
Currently with 1920x1200 pixels that works well. The retina display uses its pixel to display text smooth but not to display more textual information on the screen. I will give the display a try at 1920x1200 pixel resolution that is still supported as soon as a demo machine is available at my apple dealer, but I doubt that it will work out at this screen size plus the negative effect of dithering from 2880x1800 pixels down to 1920x1200 pixels.
So for me this round of hardware updates is bad news, as the end of the Xserve and the end of OS X Server (as the quite usable product before OS X 10.7) was.

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glitch Member since:
2012-06-12

From what I've been told, you can still disable HiDPI mode entirely and run the display at native resolution via Quartz Debug options still. HOWEVER, doing so is PRETTY crazy, as things become WAY too small.

What's more interesting is that if you set the display options "Scaling" mode to "More Space", it actually renders a 3840 x 2400 screen with GUI elements rendered in HiDPI (2x) mode... which is then scaled down to 2880 x 1800... giving something that is definitely has more effective real estate than a native resolution 1680 x 1050 display. (I tested the scaling via a full-screen screenshot that came from a Retina MBP 15" onto my MBP 15" display.)

Edited 2012-06-12 05:00 UTC

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markus Member since:
2006-01-14

Replying to myself:

Today I had the chance to get the new Retina MacBook Pro at my hands and I have to say that it handles 1920x1200 pixel resolution very well.
I am still not sure if I want to have to look at this resolution for hours at just 15", but the display is absolutely brilliant.
However, I wish that Apple will also release a 17" Retina MacBook Pro...

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HappyGod Member since:
2005-10-19

Ah yes, the inevitable "I'm moving back to Linux".

Seriously, every time any product is ever mentioned on this site that doesn't run Linux, somebody says "I'm going back to Linux". Like they ever left.

Give me a break.

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