Developing Retina Apps with Xcode on Macbook Air

Discussion in 'Mac Programming' started by Aster007, Apr 28, 2014.

  1. Aster007 macrumors newbie

    Feb 1, 2014
    Hello Guys,

    I was wondering, if you have experience with developing retina apps in Xcode on MBA.

    I am thinking about purchasing new Macbook and Pro 15 is quite expensive so instead of that I was thinking about buying 13 inch Air and connect it to my 29 inch screen. I would certainly prefer 13 inch Air over 13 inch retina. (too thick)

    The only question is the testing of retina apps on it?

  2. macbackfiles macrumors newbie

    May 3, 2014
  3. jowettgo macrumors newbie

    May 9, 2014
    Developing such apps and web applications makes it easier using already-built scripts. Google some of these scripts using the keywords that targets your goal... code scripts are widely available both for free and paid, one such site is, free scripts, etc.
  4. ohbrilliance macrumors 6502a


    May 15, 2007
    Melbourne, Australia
    Have you compared the 13" MBA with the 13" rMBP? The MBA may be thinner at the edges, but there's nothing in it on the thicker parts. The MBP also has a smaller footprint. I suggest you reconsider the size or weight of the rMBP as a reason to go for a MBA. The topic of this thread already highlights a compromise you're making for what IMO is a negligible physical difference between the two.
  5. gnasher729 macrumors P6


    Nov 25, 2005
    To clarify: This tool can turn your external monitor into a blown-up "retina" display. So instead of say 1920x1080 non-retina, it will display 960x540 retina pixels. Lets you detect non-retina graphics which sticks out badly on a retina display, and generally check that everything behaves alright.
  6. bumper314 macrumors member

    Jun 23, 2009
    I do two things to test Retina OS X apps on my non-retina display:

    Use AirDisplay to turn an iPad Retina into a second display.

    Use a 10.8 Mountain Lion guest in VMware Fusion set to a retina resolution using the Quartz Debug solution mentioned above. A 10.9 Mavericks guest doesn't work for some reason.

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