Is Yosemite optimised for retina?

Discussion in 'OS X Yosemite (10.10)' started by Stig722, Oct 9, 2014.

  1. Stig722 macrumors newbie

    Dec 12, 2013
  2. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    I won't look worse then mavericks, but they did optimize it for retina displays.
  3. AllergyDoc macrumors 65816


    Mar 17, 2013
    Utah, USA
    I have a 27" iMac and the system font, Helvitica, definitely looks worse than Mavericks. I'm hoping that will change by the time it's released to the public.
  4. Paradoxally macrumors 68000

    Feb 4, 2011
    It won't, that's the font they went with. You can change it back to LG if you want.
  5. leman macrumors G3

    Oct 14, 2008
    There have been many reports of problems with Yosemite and text on a non-retina display. I haven't done any side-by-side comparison with Mavericks, but when using an external display with my rMBP, I didn't experience any issues. Sure, the retina display looks much nicer, but it has always been like this. Best thing would be to go to an Apple store and check it out on the display, before installing it on your machine.
  6. phillytim macrumors 65816


    Aug 12, 2011
    Philadelphia, PA
    Unquestionably optimized for Yosemite.


    I'm sure that Yosemite is not installed at any Apple Stores at this time. Not at least for 1 more week, it won't be.

  7. tkermit macrumors 68040


    Feb 20, 2004
    As far as I'm aware, Lucida Grande was a font specifically optimized for display on (low-DPI) computer displays, whereas that's decidedly not the case for Helvetica (Neue), especially at low font sizes. Thus one would expect to have it look at least somewhat worse (whether that's an issue, is a whole other question). I'm almost certain Apple would never have switched to HN had it not been for Retina displays.
  8. Padmini macrumors 6502a

    Aug 9, 2014
    At this point, it has been refined a LOT from earlier betas....and looks quite good on non-Retina displays.
  9. fisherking macrumors 603


    Jul 16, 2010
    ny somewhere
    looks fine here on my late-2011 macbook pro (non-retina)...
  10. jfischer macrumors regular

    Aug 18, 2014
    Looks fine on my 27" iMac. However, Dark Mode is definitely optimized for Retina. The menu fonts look like ass on my MBA and iMac, but look fine on my rMBP.
  11. afsnyder macrumors 65816

    Jan 7, 2014
    Yes. Apple has font differences and transparency differences between the two different types of displays.
  12. Tubamajuba macrumors 68020

    Jun 8, 2011
    Done with MacRumors, the trolls have won
    Helvetica Neue looked pretty "meh" on my mid-2012 cMBP in DP1, but it's been refined quite a bit since then. Looks great now, in my opinion.

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