Native Display Mode

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by Gmouse, Jun 11, 2015.

  1. Gmouse macrumors regular

    Nov 12, 2014
    Lakewood, CO
    Is the display for the 12" MacBook actually ever 2304x1440 either in Default or any of the Scaled settings? I know on my 27" Retina iMac, both the Default and the Scaled-Default are the native setting.

  2. Gmouse thread starter macrumors regular

    Nov 12, 2014
    Lakewood, CO
    NONE of the Scaled choices gives me 2304x1440. The Default one is 1280x800, looks the same as the Default check block. Unlike my iMac.
  3. Queen6 macrumors 604


    Dec 11, 2008
    Flying over the rainforest at dawn - Priceless
  4. Arni99 macrumors 6502a

    Feb 26, 2011
    Vienna, Austria
    "RDM" software is free and runs flawlessly.
    I use 1680x1050 or 1920x1200 on my 1.3 rMB.
  5. MyopicPaideia, Jun 14, 2015
    Last edited: Jun 14, 2015

    MyopicPaideia macrumors 68000


    Mar 19, 2011
    Trollhättan, Sweden
    Straight answer:
    The retina iMac does not have a 2560x1440 native resolution. It has a 5120x2880 "5K" native resolution, and by default runs at the pixel doubled "looks like" 2560x1440 resolution on its 27" display. This results in a "virtual" PPI of about 109.

    The retina Macbook has a 2304x1440 native resolution, and by default runs at a scaled "looks like" 1280x800 resolution on its 12" display. This results in a "virtual" PPI of about 126.

    This means the rMB at its default scaled resolution has UI elements about 15% smaller than the riMac at the default display settings of each machine.

    The rMB will be essentially unusable at its native 2304x1440 resolution because the UI elements and text would be too small. This would result in even smaller text and UI elements than trying to use your riMac's full native 5120x2880 resolution.

    People are reporting that either by using 3rd party apps like RDM, QuickRes, etc or by editing the display's plist system file, that the highest daily driver usable "looks like" scaled resolution for the rMB is somewhere around 1680x1050.

    So, while you can achieve true native display resolution on the rMB to get essentially the same screen real estate on its 12" display as you get with the riMac by default on its 27" display, you really probably don't want to, unless you have like 20/5 or better vision - essentially a bird of prey :p

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