OS X Yosemite Designed for Retina Screens?

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  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Macworld's Jason Snell provides a nice hands-on writeup about Apple's new OS X Yosemite. Snell focuses on the user-experience from a long term Mac user, focusing on the visual and usability changes of Mac windows. He notes the increased use of transparency and the varying implementation of title bars in many applications:


    Overall, Snell feels that many of the design changes were done with Retina displays in mind:
    Apple first introduced Retina displays into the Mac line in with the Retina MacBook Pro in June, 2012. Since that time, Apple has been slow to extend Retina screens to the rest of their lineup.

    The MacBook Air seems likely to be the next Mac to deliver a Retina Display. Signs point to a 12" Retina model later this year, and there has already been early evidence in Yosemite of Retina iMacs in testing.

    Article Link: OS X Yosemite Designed for Retina Screens?
  2. macrumors 6502

    Jun 20, 2010
    Likely. Why else would they spend so much time making a detailed trashcan?
  3. macrumors regular


    May 14, 2012
    Will only run on macs with a retina screen.
  4. gmcalpin, Jun 16, 2014
    Last edited: Jun 16, 2014

    macrumors 6502


    Oct 2, 2008
    I feel like true resolution independence — vector-based graphics, resizeable UI — has been just around the corner for so long. Can we hurry that up, please?
  5. afsnyder, Jun 16, 2014
    Last edited: Jun 16, 2014

    macrumors 65816

    Jan 7, 2014
    iOS 7 runs on only mostly retina too. Macs have not come far with retina just yet.
  6. macrumors 6502


    May 13, 2013
    BREAKING NEWS: Apple is working on its future products!!!
  7. macrumors 65816

    Jan 7, 2014
    Because it's a great looking trashcan. You have no idea how long they spent crafting a trashcan.
  8. macrumors regular

    Mar 9, 2013
    and am I ever glad I got one...? It was between a MBA or a rMBP and I went with Retina because I fell in love with the screen. :D Yosemite will look marvelous!
  9. macrumors regular

    Jan 10, 2009
    30" retina thunderbolt display please!
  10. macrumors G3


    Not totally true. It's been designed for Retina, but you can still use it on an iPad 2 and the original iPad Mini.
  11. macrumors member

    May 31, 2012
    False. I'm running the beta on a Mid 2010 MBP.
  12. macrumors 6502a


    Dec 31, 2012
    Buffalo, NY
    Might as well start now since 1080p will be a thing from the past soon
  13. macrumors 6502a

    Apr 26, 2005
  14. macrumors 6502a

    Aug 3, 2010
    Not sure if "joking" / trolling but OS X Yosemite has the same system requirements as OS X Mavericks, so for example late 2008 MacBook Pro will be able to run it.
  15. macrumors 6502


    Feb 8, 2013
    New York
    Yes. Hence MacRUMORS.com
  16. macrumors newbie

    May 12, 2010
    sorry but iPad 2/iPad mini has no retina and runs iOS 7
  17. macrumors regular

    Mar 13, 2012
    Which is why it runs fine on my mid 2011 Mac Mini and 23" Acer display!

    "Designed for" does not mean "exclusive to", it just means that it will look MUCH BETTER on a retina screen which to be honest I'd kind of expect...
  18. macrumors member

    Jul 3, 2013
    The change from Lucida Grande to Helvetica Neue makes a huge impact, specially when surrounded <strike>with</strike> by a much more simplified interface.

    Just take a look at Safari 8 and compare it to the previous iteration. It's just gorgeous and so, so simple, that it makes you wonder why wasn't this done before.
  19. macrumors 6502

    Apr 29, 2010
    If Yosemite is designed for Retina screens, then why are all the icons so plain looking? Why are all the menu screens, Finder, etc so blah??
  20. macrumors 6502a

    Aug 4, 2007
    I've never seen the attraction of transparency in the GUI. Just makes things harder to read. I think it's mostly a marketing gimmick.
  21. macrumors member

    Jul 3, 2013
    You were expecting some explosions and flares to take advantage of the extra ppi?
  22. macrumors 604


    May 28, 2005
    Wait, what? Apple designed their new software to work with current hardware instead of 10 year old hardware? Shocker......
  23. macrumors 6502a

    Mar 24, 2013
    South West England
    This doesn't point to anything, what about the Retina MacBooks that have been out for like 100 years now
  24. macrumors member

    Jan 16, 2008

    Yes, lens flares. After all, we need it to look more like JJAbram's Star Trek!
  25. macrumors G3


    Yeah, it's nothing more than UI bling, and doesn't do anything beyond tossing a little style into the mix.

    But I wouldn't say it makes everything unreadable. Overall, the effect is pretty subtle. While it doesn't add any functionality, it doesn't take anything away, either. It's just...UI bling.

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