Retina iMac does not offer 1280 x 720 Resolution! Options?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by jaybar, Nov 10, 2014.

  1. jaybar macrumors 6502a

    jaybar

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    Hi

    After posting on this forum and asking if the Retina iMac offers a resolution of 1280 x 720 and being told Yes, I was shocked to get to my local Apple retailer, only to find that the lowest resolution possible was 1600 x 900. Apple tech support also indicated that 1280 x 720 resolution was possible for the Retina iMac. In light of this, I was even more dismayed.
    I currently have a late 2013 iMac set to 1280 x 720. Vision issues make higher resolutions difficult.

    I find zoom awkward and unnatural. What are my options, should I ever want to upgrade?

    Thanks
     
  2. CuteBaby macrumors member

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    What happens if you hold down the Option key while clicking the 'Scaled' button?
     
  3. jaybar thread starter macrumors 6502a

    jaybar

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    The lowest resolution offered on the retina iMac is 1600 by 900 when I do that.
     
  4. CuteBaby macrumors member

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  5. FredT2 macrumors 6502a

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    Apple tech support was correct, it does offer 1280x720. Open Display Preferences, then while holding down the Option key, click on "Scaled". You will now see a long list resolution all the way from 5120x2880 down to 1280x720. You won't see these unless you hold down the option key when clicking on scaled.
     
  6. jaybar thread starter macrumors 6502a

    jaybar

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    I did that and the lowest resolution that came up as a choice was 1600 x 900. Do I need to click on anything else ?
     
  7. FredT2 macrumors 6502a

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    Did you see a list of resolutions? If so which ones were listed?
     
  8. jaybar thread starter macrumors 6502a

    jaybar

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    The lowest resolution I saw when I held down the option key and double clicked scaled was 1600 x 900. Is there any way to show lower resolution options?
     
  9. CuteBaby macrumors member

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    Just to be sure, you held down the Option key and not the Command (Apple logo) key?

    The Option key is situated between the Control (Ctrl) and Command (Apple) keys.

    Some people mistake the Apple key for the Option key.

    Also, try clicking on 'Best for Retina Display' first, then hold down the Option key and click on 'Scaled'.

    There is also no need to double-click. Just single-click. With the left mouse button, if you have more than one.
     
  10. kendrickhphoto macrumors member

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    Are you sure you're scrolling down once you get in that scaled window?

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  11. jaybar thread starter macrumors 6502a

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  12. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    Yes. As you can see, it says at the top: "Built-in Retina Display"
     
  13. kendrickhphoto macrumors member

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    Yes, you can also tell from the fact that it goes higher than 2560 x 1440.
     
  14. tillsbury macrumors 65816

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    With SwitchResX you can go up to 6400x3600 too, and down to 640x480 :D
     

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