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hajime

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Hi, as I recall, I could go to settings to choose different resolutions on older machines but it seems that since Silicon Mac and iPad, Apple limited the resolutions. What happened?
 

macsound1

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Hi, as I recall, I could go to settings to choose different resolutions on older machines but it seems that since Silicon Mac and iPad, Apple limited the resolutions. What happened?
Set the resolution to its default, then hold option and click more space. It should give you the whole list.

The reason they did it is because of 1. Resolutions don’t make sense to a regular person 2. Retina. They want you to see pixel doubled displays so the text is super clear.
 
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galad

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LCD displays can display only one resolution properly. They have a fixed number of pixels. It's not like CRT that could be configured to display pixels of different sizes.

Anyway, you can still change it and look horrible, if you want the resolutions click on the advanced button, or right click on the scaled sizes.
 

hajime

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Set the resolution to its default, then hold option and click more space. It should give you the whole list.

The reason they did it is because of 1. Resolutions don’t make sense to a regular person 2. Retina. They want you to see pixel doubled displays so the text is super clear.

How to do that on the M1 iPad?
 

hajime

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1. Open the Settings app on your iPad.
2. Tap Display & Brightness in the left sidebar.
3. Under the Display section, tap Display Zoom.
4. Select More Space from the list of options.
Tried that already. Only 3-4 options imposed by Apple. Certainly no 4K resolutions.
 

Gudi

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Tried that already. Only 3-4 options imposed by Apple. Certainly no 4K resolutions.
Certainly not, how could you even see that many pixels on a small tablet?

4K TV 3840 × 2160 = 8.3 mpx
iPad Pro 2732 × 2048 = 5.6 mpx
iPad Pro 2388 × 1668 = 4.0 mpx
iPad Air 2360 × 1640 = 3.9 mpx

4K is a resolution for a 21-inch iMac.
 

hajime

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Certainly not, how could you even see that many pixels on a small tablet?

4K TV 3840 × 2160 = 8.3 mpx
iPad Pro 2732 × 2048 = 5.6 mpx
iPad Pro 2388 × 1668 = 4.0 mpx
iPad Air 2360 × 1640 = 3.9 mpx

4K is a resolution for a 21-inch iMac.
I am talking about external display to M1 iPad Pro.
 

bradbomb

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On the M1/M2 iPads, all three display zoom options should be connecting at the full resolution of the display (in my case my external display is 4k). Those options are just picking pixel doubling ratios (The same way a Retina Display has those different options). If you are watching 4k video, it is displaying at 4k on any of those options.
 

ofarlig

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On the M1/M2 iPads, all three display zoom options should be connecting at the full resolution of the display (in my case my external display is 4k). Those options are just picking pixel doubling ratios (The same way a Retina Display has those different options). If you are watching 4k video, it is displaying at 4k on any of those options.

That’s not what happens most of the time though, I think my iPad Pro manages to sense the correct resolution on 1 out of 10 screens. Apple isn’t even able to read the correct aspect ratio for anything I’ve tried that isn’t 16:9 so I think they aren’t even doing that and just assumes 16:9…
 
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