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

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by TheRdungeon, Jun 11, 2012.

  1. TheRdungeon macrumors 6502

    Jul 21, 2011
    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"?
  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    Higher resolution = more work space. Things will appear smaller on a higher res display.
  3. TheRdungeon thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jul 21, 2011
    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
  4. MyRumors macrumors member

    Apr 22, 2009
    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.
  5. Stetrain macrumors 68040

    Feb 6, 2009
    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.
  6. flight macrumors regular

    Mar 4, 2010
    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.
  7. fs454 macrumors 68000

    Dec 7, 2007
    Los Angeles / Boston
    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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