Things You May Not Already Know About The New MacBook Pro’s Retina Display

Things You May Not Already Know About The New MacBook Pro’s Retina Display

If you’re the lucky owner of a new MacBook Pro, here are some things you should know.

We’ve been drooling over the next-generation MacBook Pro since Apple unveiled it at WWDC earlier this month, and we thought we knew all there was to know about its gorgeous high-resolution Retina display. However, Apple surprised us with a new FAQ page on its website this morning, which reveals a number of things about the notebooks new screen that we hadn’t heard before, which will help you make the most of your new display.

Here are a few of the things that you may be interested in.

Which applications currently support the Retina display?

As soon as you open up your new MacBook Pro, you’ll want to enjoy that Retina display in all its glory, which means using some high-resolution apps. Here’s a list of Apple applications that are already optimized for the Retina display, some of which are already built into OS X Lion:

  • Mail
  • Safari
  • iCal
  • Address Book
  • iChat
  • FaceTime
  • Photo Booth
  • TextEdit
  • iPhoto
  • iMovie
  • iTunes
  • Aperture
  • Final Cut Pro X
  • Motion

Opening apps in “Low Resolution” mode

If you notice “functional or visual issues” with applications on your new MacBook Pro, you may be able to solve them by opening them in the new “Low Resolution” mode. To do this, find the app in your Applications folder, then right-click on its icon. Click “Get Info” and then click on the checkmark next to “Open in Low Resolution.” Now reopen it.

Some apps will open in Low Resolution mode automatically, according to Apple:

Some applications work best using the Low Resolution mode. Other applications will only run in Low Resolution mode. You can try changing this setting by removing the checkmark in the Get Info window for the application. This may or may not be possible depending on the individual application.

Using the new MacBook Pro with an external display

If you’re plugging your MacBook Pro into an external display, the resolution for both the display and your MacBook Pro will automatically be adjusted. To change this, visit the Displays menu within System Preferences. If you’d like to use a resolution that isn’t there, hold down the Option key while clicking the ‘Scaled’ button to see more resolutions. (Only available in extended desktop mode).

More

Apple’s FAQ includes some other tips that may also be helpful to you, such as using the new MacBook Pro with Windows 7. You can check out the full support document using the source link below.

About the author

Killian BellKillian Bell is a staff writer based in the U.K. He has an interest in all things tech and also covers Android over at CultofAndroid.com. You can follow him on Twitter via @killianbell.

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