Why is the font smaller on the new 13" MacBook Pro? (The default resolution is smaller)

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  1. Hieveryone, Mar 11, 2017
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  2. DeltaMac macrumors 604

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    Native resolution (scaled) on any 13-inch rMBP is 1680 x 1050, which is the what the older non-retina 15-inch had.
    So, same resolution, squeezed into a smaller screen. menus, etc are all smaller.
    Change your screen resolution settings to provide larger fonts. (but you end up with less screen space). It's a trade-off.

    Or, you can ask Apple why the resolution-independent feature (which would result in you having control over text size in menus, regardless of the screen resolution) has never appeared on a Mac. Maybe someone with a background in that area can answer better.
     
  3. Hieveryone thread starter macrumors 68030

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    It seems as the default on the new MacBook Pro is different than my older one! These are both 13" rMBP
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    Why did Apple change the default resolution!?!
     
  4. DeltaMac macrumors 604

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    Are both running the same version of macOS - and same settings in the Displays pref pane?

    Maybe you have changed the display font size in Firefox, but not yet changed in Firefox on your newer MBPro?
    Or, is this only the top menubar that appears to be a different size font - which would be system-wide, and not just in Firefox, for example...
     
  5. ThisBougieLife macrumors 65816

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    Yep. They increased the default resolutions with the 2016 MBP. However, the text is not as sharp on this increased resolution. The "ideal" resolutions remain 1200x800 on the 13" and 1440x900 on the 15" (as the native resolutions have not increased). Hence part of why they call the new resolution "Default" rather than "Best" (as they used to), because it's not the best. I can't stand the blurrier text and graphics so I prefer to use the old "Best" resolution.
     
  6. Hieveryone thread starter macrumors 68030

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    They changed it! :/

    https://9to5mac.com/2016/12/02/15-inch-macbook-pro-screen-resolution-blurry/
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    Why the heck would they do this!?!?
     
  7. bunnspecial macrumors 603

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    Not to nit-pick, but you only got 1680x1050 if you paid extra for it-and it was usually combined with an anti-glare screen(matte finish). The old 15" "standard" resolution(going back to the last generation PowerBooks) was 1440x900.

    Typed from my mid-2012 HR-AG 15" MBP, which will have to be pried from my cold, dead hands since Apple can't comprehend that not everyone wants a screen that reflects everything.
     

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