Enable Retina- Like HiDPI Display Modes In OS X Lion [Video How-To]

Enable Retina- Like HiDPI Display Modes In OS X Lion [Video How-To]

Mac OS X Lion includes buried “HiDPI” display modes, which brings the possibility of Retina Display Macs one step closer to reality. Essentially, these display modes make user interface elements twice the resolution typically found on Macs, therefore increasing clarity and detail throughout the UI. This is exactly how the iPhone handles graphics with the Retina Display, and provides some insight into what Apple might be planning for future iterations of it’s computers. While not very practical at this point in time, it’s neat to try out. In this video, I’ll show you how to enable these HiDPI display modes in OS X Lion.

Some more examples of HiDPI display modes:

Enable Retina- Like HiDPI Display Modes In OS X Lion [Video How-To]

Enable Retina- Like HiDPI Display Modes In OS X Lion [Video How-To]

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  • culturaapple

    Which model ius your iMac because the trick isn’t working in my iMac….

  • Michael Steeber

    27″ Mid 2011. I’ve also enabled this on a 2008 20″ iMac, both worked fine.

  • Fernando Pintabona

    Cannot do it on a MBP 13″ Early 2011

  • Christian Marker

    me neither.

  • Philosophus

    Interesting tip, thanks!

    Why is it not for everday use? Could the hardware get damaged?

  • changroy

    tried on my MBA 2011 and it doesnt work. Do you think this trick is only for iMac ?

  • ppanah

    Is it possible to know where you got your wallpaper? could I have it in 2560×1440 ? :) its nice… 
    Sincerely…

  • Metroview

    Worked fine here on 2011 15 inch MBP. The only HiDPI resolution given was 720×450.

  • Junaidkureshi

    Hey dude tried it on my MBP 13″ mid 2010, not working, after logging again i see that UI window and HDPI is unchecked so when i chk it it says me to logout then again same thing happens, any clue.

  • basetta

    I’ve tried but when I select UI Resolution I get a different windows ( http://cl.ly/CHrc )
    I’m on a mac pro + apple display + lion 10.7.2 

  • Aaron

    I enabled the HiDPI mode on my hackintosh. Not terribly useful until we get higher-resolution monitors. My 1600×1200 monitor went back to the 90s with an 800×600 resolution. Even my 1920×1080 second monitor wasn’t terribly useful at 960×540. 

    If monitor manufacturers start mass producing QuadHD monitors (3840×2160), then I will definitely be running HiDPI on that!

  • wilburg

    Exactly the same results on a mid 2011 MBP 13″.  WTH?

  • AriRomano

    that’s because you’ll have to end up with at least 480 vertical double-pixels, I guess so you need a screen wit a height of 960 pixels.

  • Himavanth B

    This was great on my iMac reading text was very clear… works best Hi Resolution Macs with min 1920×1080 would be awesome in 27″ inch iMac

  • rohitkapur

    same

  • IgalSc

    doesn’t work on mid-2010 MBP 13′ :(

  • ???? ??????

    NOT WORKIN on Mac mini MID 2011 !!! WHY???

  • Diego Acevedo

    i have an iMac 21.5” and the max resolution I’ve got is 960×540. i don’t get the 1920×1080. what can i do?

  • Just_Me_Brett

    Can we harm our iMacs by using these resolutions long term?

  • mike2492

    This option is not available on my MBP mid 2010 running Lion, however once you run it in Closed Clamshell mode through an HDTV the Mac automatically switches to one of the HiDPI modes, or you can find it in the Display preferences. Hope that helps those who can’t find it ordinarily.

  • mike2492

    This option is not available on my MBP mid 2010 running Lion, however once you run it in Closed Clamshell mode through an HDTV the Mac automatically switches to one of the HiDPI modes, or you can find it in the Display preferences. Hope that helps those who can’t find it ordinarily.

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