Apple Tweaking More Icons, Upgrading to HiDPI Sizes in OS X 10.7.4

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Apple is continuing the process of preparing OS X Lion for Macs offering ultra high-resolution "HiDPI" screens, upgrading several application icons to higher resolutions in yesterday's public release of OS X 10.7.4.

    AppleInsider pointed to TextEdit as one example, with Apple having upgraded its icon's previous maximum size of 512x512 under OS X 10.7.3 to 1024x1024 in OS X 10.7.4. But the larger image 1024x1024 is also listed as measuring at 512x512 points, indicating that it is indeed being targeted for screens measuring at double the resolution of current displays in each dimension.

    Under OS X 10.7.3, the TextEdit icon file included four different image sizes: 16x16, 32x32, 128x128, and 512x512. With the move to OS X 10.7.4, the icon now comes in ten different sizes: 16x16, 32x32 HiDPI, 32x32, 64x64 HiDPI, 128x128, 256x256 HiDPI, 256x256, 512x512 HiDPI, 512x512, and 1024x1024 HiDPI.

    TextEdit is not the only application to see an upgrade, however, as Automator has not only seen new HiDPI icons appear in OS X 10.7.4, but the icon itself has also undergone some tweaking. In OS X 10.7.4, the Automator robot has taken on a somewhat darker tone, with the glossiness being toned down and the previously silver arms, legs, and pipe now appearing black. The tweaked design had previously surfaced in developer previews of OS X Mountain Lion, but is now included in OS X Lion.


    Automator icon in OS X 10.7.3 (left) and OS X 10.7.4 (right)
    Like TextEdit, Automator has seen an increase in the number of image sizes included in the icon file, although to a smaller extent. Under OS X 10.7.3, the Automator icon included the same four basic sizes: 16x16, 32x32, 128x128, and 512x512. But under OS X 10.7.4, the new icon now comes in six different sizes: 16x16, 32x32, 128x128, 256x256, 512x512, and 1024x1024 HiDPI.

    Retina-sized graphics have been appearing with increasing frequency in both OS X Lion and developer previews of OS X Mountain Lion. In line with those changes, Apple has been rumored to be launching a Retina display 15-inch MacBook Pro in the near future, with a 2880x1800 display measuring in at twice the resolution of the current 1440x900 display in each dimension.

    As with the move to Retina displays on Apple's iOS devices, content would appear at the same physical size on these new displays as on current displays, but with much sharper image quality for applications bundling resources supporting the HiDPI mode. Even applications that do not immediately update their resources to HiDPI quality should see improvements in sharpness, as Apple will undoubtedly include the same font scaling improvements used in iOS to automatically scale up text in applications to HiDPI resolution.

    (Thanks, Mario!)

    Article Link: Apple Tweaking More Icons, Upgrading to HiDPI Sizes in OS X 10.7.4
  2. Comeagain? macrumors 68020


    Feb 17, 2011
    Spokane, WA
  3. Hakone macrumors 6502a

    Oct 5, 2011
    Southern California
  4. 3282868 macrumors 603

    Jan 8, 2009
    Beat me to it :)
  5. Slix macrumors 65816


    Mar 24, 2010
    That could account for the larger download for the 10.7.4 update. :p
  6. Comeagain? macrumors 68020


    Feb 17, 2011
    Spokane, WA
  7. WildCowboy Administrator/Editor


    Staff Member

    Jan 20, 2005
    Thanks...I should have noted that. I'll add it in.
  8. macnerd93 macrumors 6502a


    Nov 28, 2009
    United Kingdom
    perhaps its just me, but the original automator icon looks far better rendered in terms of shadowing and reflection detail
  9. yanksrock100 macrumors 6502a


    Oct 30, 2010
    San Diego
    A rumor that suggests a retina Macbook pro! :D
    I've been waiting for something like this.

    Retina Macbook Pro...pleeeease?

    *fingers crossed*:apple:
  10. Mad Mac Maniac macrumors 601

    Mad Mac Maniac

    Oct 4, 2007
    A little bit of here and a little bit of there.
    Give me my retina display, ivy bridge MBP!! Credit Card in hand! :)
  11. TennisandMusic

    Aug 26, 2008
    I'm just thrilled automator wasn't removed entirely.
  12. iDemiurge macrumors 6502


    Feb 7, 2011
    Does it mean new macs are coming before ML? Or is it something they did just to be on the safe side?
  13. rei101 macrumors 6502a

    Dec 24, 2011
    That OS will take a load of space and video ram... it will suck a lot of power in general.
  14. Inakto macrumors regular

    Oct 29, 2007
    Careful... Automator + Terminal = Terminator!
    .Net + Skydrive = Skynet..

    It's happening :0
  15. Chris Grande macrumors regular

    Chris Grande

    Jun 17, 2003
    Possibly who ever rendered the original no longer works at Apple and a new artist was tasked with recreating the art.
  16. FrizzleFryBen macrumors 6502

    Dec 14, 2009
    Charlotte, NC
    I think they simply reduced the reflection amount is all. Makes it look cleaner IMO. Next they should change the Screen Sharing icon so it doesn't look like two Windows screens.
  17. Feed Me macrumors 6502a

    Feed Me

    Jan 7, 2012
    Location Location
  18. motorazr macrumors 6502


    Oct 24, 2006
    The Frozen Waste...wait. Duluth, Minnesota.
    Perhaps irrelevant.. but..

    I feel like very few people use Automator?

    I'm not trying to start a fight, but I've only used it a few times for the kind of tasks it's designed for, and otherwise I just find it's easier to just do whatever it is I'd be asking it to do.

    That said, I also feel like it's used less than Exposé had been or Front Row, two great tools Apple decided weren't useful enough :( .. and I did know a lot of people who used exposé, at least...
  19. Colpeas macrumors 6502


    Sep 30, 2011
    Prague, Czech Rep.
    If it means retina MacBook Pros in sight I say hell yeah. My MBP was stolen a week ago and I seriously considered purchasing the current model, but this is a game changer. Hope they'll be out by end of june... PLEASE!
  20. tonytiger13 macrumors regular

    Jan 9, 2008
    Now if only Apple would do that to their displays...

  21. Butler Trumpet macrumors 6502

    Butler Trumpet

    May 26, 2004
    Dekalb IL
    Who wants to photoshop Eve with a floating pipe in front of her??
  22. akohan macrumors newbie

    Feb 12, 2010
    Maybe this is to compensate for the display gloss.
  23. yanksrock100, May 10, 2012
    Last edited: May 10, 2012

    yanksrock100 macrumors 6502a


    Oct 30, 2010
    San Diego
    If i remember correctly, I think Expose is back in mountain lion (in one of the newer builds) according to the Forums :D
  24. TrentS macrumors 6502


    Sep 24, 2011
    Overland Park, Kansas

    Big whup. I don't see THAT much of a difference between the two bots. The detail should be a big jump, not just a slight one.

    :mad: :mad: :mad:

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