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macrumors 6502a
Dec 9, 2006
How big will a divx movie be on the new RMBP, like an icon? :p
How long do you estimate it takes for all apps and webpages to be in HiDPI?


macrumors 601
Jan 15, 2008
Holocene Epoch
Macs are in the minority for PC marketshare and this new MBP is a minuscule part of that small percent. But it's making everyone jump.

Not many companies can create knee-jerk reactions like this. #leader

But Macs account for about half of Adobe's CS application (Photoshop, etc.) sales. I expect Adobe, at least, will be out in front on this with the next updates to Ps, Lr, etc. And IMO that could make their Windows versions seem to lag the Mac platform, for a change.


macrumors 68040
Jun 23, 2003
Durham, NC
You really don't know what you're talking about, do you?

Windows 7 has a whole architecture set up to let apps use HiDPI elements and display at any arbitrary DPI you might choose.

See this.

If the developer has chosen to include calls to the HighDPI user interface (which were available in Windows Vista, too), then their programs will run with high-res visual elements. If not, then Windows will scale low-res screen elements the exact same way that 10.7 does on a new MBP Retina display.

The difference is that you can pick whatever DPI you want in Win7. There are some defaults (the highest default is 144dpi), but you can edit those to be anything (including 220). Windows 8 will apparently be just fine with the Retina MBP out of the box, per AnandTech.
Too bad even the mouse cursors look hideous in Windows at anything above 150% in their DPI scaling. They can't even get the basics to behave well. Whereas every scaling mode that OS X exposes looks pretty darn great at the moment.


macrumors 603
Dec 31, 2001
Mpls, MN
The sad thing is, you're spot on. Theres a silly 'must hate Google' approach now!
I think it stems from a "fear Google" point, which causes some crazy.
Not needed for 'retina' MBP, but definitely needed for HiDPI mode, which is the same thing. HiDPI mode on a 1080p TV has a 540-point vertical resolution, which is lower than a lot of videos you'd want to watch on a 1080p TV. So yeah, Chrome and VLC and anything that you'd want to use on a TV screen are at the top of my list.
What do you mean? What TV has a Hi mode that is half of its physical resolution? It doesn't seem like any of the updates needed for "retina" screens will affect video at all. Video already has a set resolution, which probably does not match your computer screen, regardless of which computer. And scaling video beautifully does not happen with a quick resolution-independence update to VLC or similar apps.


macrumors 603
Jul 5, 2004
How big will a divx movie be on the new RMBP, like an icon? :p
How long do you estimate it takes for all apps and webpages to be in HiDPI?

I've been working on adding HiDPI capabilities into my own Web framework for the last few months. It's all automated. :D
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