MacBook Retina display

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Decelerate, Jul 2, 2013.

  1. Decelerate macrumors newbie

    Dec 19, 2010
    I am considering buying a macbook with a retina display for school and was wondering if there are any compatibility issues with screen resolution.

    I remember hearing early on that websites look very blurry on the retina display as do microsoft office applications.

    Has this "blurring" issue with the retina display been solved?

  2. sonicrobby macrumors 68020


    Apr 24, 2013
    New Orleans
    Im not sure I fully understand. But to me websites look great! But there are some third-party apps that have not been optimized for retina. Its not "blurry" just more... pixely, i guess is the word; or rough. But overall its not too bad, Ive only noticed it on one or two programs I use.
  3. Asuriyan macrumors 6502a

    Feb 4, 2013
    There are still incompatibilities- the Adobe Reader browser plugin is horrible, and some other Adobe apps have issues. But it's not very widespread. Office was updated a while ago and most of the web looks just fine.
  4. cMacSW macrumors regular

    Mar 20, 2006
    No issues for me, have have the rMBP since last September
  5. Decelerate thread starter macrumors newbie

    Dec 19, 2010
  6. swerve147 macrumors 6502a

    Jan 12, 2013
    This is completely dependent on each software developer to increase the resolution of all their visual assets to account for the higher resolution of the Retina panel. Many companies have done so (e.g. MS Office 11 for Mac, Google apps), some haven't.

    From personal experience the majority of OS X apps are updated, but there are still some major stragglers out there (e.g. Spotify Activity Feed, Adobe Menus). If it's any consolation the functionality isn't affected at all. They just don't look as good.
  7. DarkoDonnie macrumors member


    Jun 18, 2013
    text (not text in images), but text-text will look incredible everywhere.. hi res images will look stunning - but as mentioned, some apps may not of been updated for retina yet (rest assured they will be over time, especially if apple pushes out any new retina machines (like imac or thunderbolt display)

    most website images (logos, ui elements) may look, less-refined.. developers are now adding hidpi support to websites, its somthing you'll get used to, and again somthing that developers are working on updating.

    As a webdeveloper/designer myself, I'm personally getting a rMBP and looking forward to spending weeks updating all my sites to hidpi, so users like yourself on retina display will see the crisp logos / ui elements, etc.
  8. FrankB1191 macrumors 6502a

    Jun 14, 2013
    Bought a MBPr last night, and text is super sharp! I came across a review of the retina display from last year, and it mentioned that sites needed updating for higher resolution, but it's been a year. I suppose that the same was said about the Ipad 3 when it came out, and that's not an issue for me on that device.
  9. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    I will say that the rMBP has been to date the best laptop purchase I ever made. I've been using/buying laptops since the Apple powerbook age and the design, performance and display quality of the retina Macbook Pro has been stunning.

    There are still apps that are not optimized for the retina display but for my usage, I don't think I've really run into too much of them.
  10. washburn macrumors 6502

    Apr 8, 2010
    Is yours 15"?

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