Iâ€™ve had my current MacBook Pro at work for over a year and I have really become enamored with the retina display. For the unfamiliar, Apple started the concept back with the release of the iPhone 4 which replaced the previous 640Ã—480 display with a 1280Ã—960 display in a resolution-independent 2x mode. The beauty of the option is a display that looks that much more sharp that normal. Last year, they added retina to theÂ MacBookÂ line which extends the concept to the full suite of OS X applications.
For comparison, hereâ€™s a screenshot for normal mode (scaled ~200%):
And hereâ€™s a retina version (also scaled ~200%):
At work since I use my desktop setup for the majority of my work, Iâ€™ve been researching what options exist for having a retina mode on a desktop system. Normally, retina (also called HiDPI) is prevented from the screen settings, but it can be enabled with the following command:
sudo defaults write /Library/Preferences/com.apple.windowserver DisplayResolutionEnabled -bool YES
Then after a reboot or logout/login you can check the options in the Displays System Preference:
If you want even more options, you can downloadÂ Retina DisplayMenuÂ (RDM) from Paul Griffin. On a normally full HD display (1920Ã—1080) Iâ€™ve enabled 1280Ã—720 (HiDPI):
If youâ€™re willing to trade screen real estate for sharpness, itâ€™s a nice usage experience. So now, Iâ€™m anxiously awaiting CES next month and the likely release of (semi) affordable Ultra HD/4k displays which have a native resolution of 3840Ã—2160 which will allow for 1920Ã—1080 at full retina (2x). Thatâ€™d be pretty sweet.