MacBook Pro Retina and Resolution

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by seaw, Jun 16, 2012.

  1. seaw macrumors member

    Jun 15, 2012

    I'm very interested in how the new Pro deals with those different resolution options.
    If I'm right, then the best for retina option shows us the native 2880 by 1800 with everything doubled in size so a pixel of the menubar for instance is now rendered with 4 pixels compared to the older non-high-res display. This is how it was done on the iPhone and the iPad!

    Then there are the other higher resolutions. The one looking like 1680 by 1050 and 1920 by 1200.
    And I think I'm right that those are first rendered in the doubled resolution, so, 3360 by 2100 and 3840 by 2400, and then scaled down again.

    1. Is it right that only the best for retina option gives me the actual and native resolution 2880 by 1800 and the other two options give me a native resolution of 1680 by 1050 and 1920 by 1200 but just better looking because of the scaling process?

    2. If that is so, it must be bad for the performance, doesn't it?

    3. Why is it not working like that: Apple gives me always the native resolution 2880 by 1800, no matter what, and just tells everything else (Icons, Menubar, Finderwindow) to scale?

    4. Why is the scaling process so complicated? I mean every icon can be scaled steplessly, see Cover Flow or the magnification in the dock!

  2. Gata macrumors regular

    Mar 23, 2010
    Answers in red.

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