Confused with resolution of the Macbook Pro Retina Display

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  1. beebs76 macrumors newbie

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    Hi there,
    I get a little confused with what the resolution is for the Macbook Pro Retina Display.

    This is my understanding and hoping someone can correct me if I'm wrong...

    So when you are using the desktop and applications such as Safari and Chrome, the resolution will appear as 1440x900 due to the icon pixel doubling technique apple uses to prevent blurring or the screen appearing too small.

    So does this mean when you open up a photo, your only seeing it as 1440x900 and not the native 2880x1400?
    OR
    its only the desktop environment which runs 1440x900 but everything else will be in full resolution 2880x1400.

    I was thinking that i would like my desktop to be readable but seeing photos in true retina display is what i would want it for.

    Hope this makes sense.
    Thank you in advance for your help.

    :apple:
     
  2. charlieegan3 macrumors 68020

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    Photos appear still appear pixel per pixel, not scaled. It's pretty nice actually.
     
  3. beebs76 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thank you charlieegan3.

    Makes sense.

    So its always showing 2880x1400 however the desktop has been enlarged to be viewable.

    Thats awesome!:eek:
     
  4. Dangerous Theory macrumors 68000

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    Any decent quality photo will not be shown pixel-for-pixel. Cameras nowadays take way higher resolution images than 2880x1800.
     
  5. beebs76 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Cheers Dangerous Theory.

    Yeah I didn't think about that.

    I guess, i was more concerned with the retina display showing everything 1400 resolution as apposed to the native 2800.
    I was thinking whats the point of having the ability to run 2800 if your running everything 1400.

    :)
     
  6. charlieegan3 macrumors 68020

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    But he was worried about images been scaled up to be in the 1440*900 scaled display. So i thought he meant smaller images - a reasonable assumption if you ask me.

    Of course you can't view larger photos than the display pixel to pixel but you knew I knew that right?
     
  7. stevelam macrumors 65816

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    um, no they won't. definitely not in safari and chrome. they are still scaled unless the website is specifically coded to support retina display and the image is of high enough size to be properly scaled down.
     
  8. beebs76 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    This might be an easier example of what I was trying to get across.

    I boot up the macbook pro retina display.
    I go to a web site http://www.whatismyscreenresolution.com/

    It says your macbook pro retina display is running 1440x900. (Did this in the Mac store on the retina display)

    I then go to my photo and open up a photo.

    Will the photo be 1440x900 or 2800x1800?
     
  9. charlieegan3 macrumors 68020

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    do you have a rMBP?

    how to test: (proof)
    Cmd+shift+3
    open in preview
    cmd+0

    There is your answer.
     

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