Usable working space in Retina MBP less than standard high res?

TheRdungeon

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Hey all, can anyone confirm that the actual working space on the new retina MBP is actually less than the high res "old" MBP? As when you halve those pixels you reach the density of the old non high res. So although you get more pixels for sure the actual working space hasn't improved from the non retina 15"?
 

GGJstudios

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Hey all, can anyone confirm that the actual working space on the new retina MBP is actually less than the high res "old" MBP? As when you halve those pixels you reach the density of the old non high res. So although you get more pixels for sure the actual working space hasn't improved from the non retina 15"?
Higher resolution = more work space. Things will appear smaller on a higher res display.
 

TheRdungeon

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Yeah true, just noticed that it can scale to these resolutions: 1920 by 1200, 1680 by 1050, 1280 by 800, and 1024 by 640 pixels

wasn't 1920x1200 the 17" resolution? Really interested to see this thing I must say
 

MyRumors

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Higher resolution = more work space. Things will appear smaller on a higher res display.
This is normally true, but not in this case.
They dont make things that much smaller than normal, but instead make it look better by adding more pixels to each button, image etc...
What the "workspace size" we´ll see when good desktop pics come out.
 

Stetrain

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Higher resolution = more work space. Things will appear smaller on a higher res display.
That's not necessarily true. It so happens that Apple is going to provide scaling options to allow that, but the default Retina mode on the new MBP is going to have exactly as much work space as the current 1440x900 MBP, just sharper.

The iPhone 4 and iPad 3 don't have more work space than their lower resolution predecessors.

In the case of the MBP, Apple gives us the choice of how much work space we want since the display is such a high resolution that they can apparently do nice scaling.
 

flight

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This is normally true, but not in this case.
They dont make things that much smaller than normal, but instead make it look better by adding more pixels to each button, image etc...
What the "workspace size" we´ll see when good desktop pics come out.
If they pixel double, the usable working space is equivalent to 1440x900 - same as the 13" MBA. Retina applications, however, may make better use of space by having smaller buttons.
 

fs454

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We're definitely going to be able to change the UI scaling to fit whatever we like best. Now that the UI(and soon to be lots of third party apps) have high resolution assets, you can always scale them down a bit to your liking, giving you more real estate.

If Apple doesn't have this as a setting, it will be probably a week until we see a tweak/hack that will allow this. They will, though.
 
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