10.10 on Air

Discussion in 'OS X Yosemite (10.10)' started by BizRunner, Jul 25, 2014.

  1. BizRunner macrumors member

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    I purchased the 13" Air last August and am a bit worried how Yosemite will look on the screen. I really don't want to install it and not be able to read the thin fonts - with the popularity of the Air I can't see Apple totally moving to a Retina only OS but who knows.

    I don't want to know about people's opinion's of the OS (I personally think it looks great in photos) just about the quality on a new Air.
     
  2. icanhazapple macrumors 6502

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    I have a 2012 Air - it's not nearly as bad as what people are making it out to be but at the end of the day it's personal preference.
     
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    Is it any worse than Mavericks? I know the screen is not retina but when you compare a Retina Mavericks computer to Non-Retina Mavericks I wonder if it is any more noticeable than doing the same with Yosemite.
     
  4. ecschwarz macrumors 65816

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    I personally felt that Lucida Grande was an excellent font for non-retina displays, but I like the direction Apple is going with Yosemite. That being said, it's a bit tougher to read some things if you have just about any display out there that isn't attached to a rMBP, but still not awful and certainly not as bad as some people are making it out to be.
     
  5. icanhazapple macrumors 6502

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    in my usage, it is not any worse than Mavericks.
     
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    I'm using it on a 2011 Air. I don't think it's any worse than Mavericks in that respect. The fonts are thinner but still perfectly readable.
     
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    Im running Yosemite on the Air and it looks brilliant. People just have to find something to moan about.

    All I can guess is that it's one of those things where you don't notice anything looks worse until you use it on retina and then go back.
     
  11. daijholt macrumors 6502a

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    See for yourself. Lots of text in this pic, and this is from my 11inch Air.

    Don't forget to zoom in on the image once you click it to remove the slight blur that seems to have appeared after uploading.
     

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  12. Saturn1217 macrumors 6502a

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    I agree with others here. I tried Yosemite on my 2013 13" MBA expecting the fonts to be terrible. They are fine. I am extremely prone to eye strain to the point where i usually browse the web at >100% zoom and use an anti-glare screen protector. I had no trouble reading anything.
     
  13. torana355 macrumors 68020

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    The text and icons in the title bar have jaggies on any screen that is not retina, for example the wifi icon is really jaggy. Both my 2011 MBA and 2012 iMac look the same. Dark mode is worse again which is a pity as i think dark mode looks great. If you cant see the jaggies then you need to get your eyes checked lol.
     
  14. iJcaP, Jul 25, 2014
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    In my opinion it looks better than Mavericks. Mavericks Finder Bar, for example, on the 13" Air doesn't look as smooth as the Yosemite Finder Bar. I didn't want to install Yosemite on my Air either, so I just installed it on my external HD and now I can run both Mavericks and Yosemite, without messing around with my SSD. I've realized that running Yosemite gives me one hour less of battery life than running Mavericks. But that's probably owed to background processes that are unique to beta software (diagnostic reports and system status things).
     
  15. .cyanide macrumors newbie

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    Looks great to me (2014 13" MBA). A lot of the complaints are blown out of proportion
     
  16. torana355 macrumors 68020

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    I disagree. I installed Yosmite with zero pre-conception. The jaggies in the title bar stood out to me like dogs balls. Then again i work in the printing industry so i have a keen eye for detail. I still really like Yosmite but i think it might be time for an upgrade to a retina laptop if Apple don't fix it by final release.
     
  17. coldjeanzzz, Jul 25, 2014
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    Readability isn't a concern for me as my eye sight is fine, I have a problem with the font in certain areas because it just flat out looks worse. The title bars for whatever reason look awful on a non-retina display. On a retina display they look dark and smooth but on a MBA they look thin and jagged. This problem doesn't exist with Lucida Grande.

    Here is what I'm referring to

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    You can't tell me the font doesn't look worse on the title bar in Yosemite
     
  18. Norcal. macrumors regular

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    Doesn't look particularly blurry to me. But then again, once you go retina anything with lower res looks blurry.
     
  19. Fuchal macrumors 68020

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    There's definitely a bug in Yosemite where the font smoothing doesn't always draw correctly. You can see it a lot on the clock in the menu bar. Sometimes its nicely smoothed and then sometimes its choppy and thin. I'd reserve judgment until a later beta & release.
     
  20. damidget, Jul 28, 2014
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    This is on my 11" 2012 MBA

    EDIT: You have to zoom in otherwise it looks blurry
     

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  22. fanta macrumors regular

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    This is exactly what i am experiencing too, here is one more screenshot where you can see that its NOT perfectly fine.

    http://dl.getdropbox.com/u/3396571/Bildschirmfoto%202014-08-19%20um%2016.53.19%20Kopie.png

    Look at the "r" in Folder or the "U" in "UI"... Thats everything else but smooth.
     
  23. MaxPayne79 macrumors regular

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    I'm running Yosemite on my 13" Haswell Air since DP1 and it's pretty amazing. Like it more than Mavericks. It's more fluid. Battery life has never been an issue under Mavericks and it's just as good under Yosemite imo. :)
     

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