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Running the Retina MacBook Pro at Full 2880x1800 Resolution

While Apple's new Retina MacBook Pro includes a display measuring 2880x1800 pixels, the default display options do not allow users to run their systems at that raw resolution. Instead, the extra pixels are used to display a higher level of detail on a canvas representing the previous 1440x900 resolution. As a result, windows and user interface elements appear to be the same relative size as on a 1440x900 15" display, but with four times the detail. Users who wish to use a desktop with apparent resolution higher than 1440x900 can still do so, as System Preferences offers several different options ranging up to 1920x1200.

Those users who want even more screen real estate by tapping into the full 2880x1800 resolution mode of the display can also do so, but the option involves a workaround that is not authorized by Apple. Macworld has more details on the process, which involves using either a third-party app like the paid SwitchResX (as noted in our forums) or one of a number of free options that have sprung up such as Change Resolution.


Retina MacBook Pro running at 2880x1800
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Running a 2880x1800 desktop on a screen measuring only 15.4 inches diagonally obviously results in very small text and user interface elements, but for those willing to sit close enough to their screens to make the onscreen content readable, it may be an interesting option.

As noted by developer Steven Troughton-Smith, users running Windows on the new Retina MacBook Pro can also take advantage of the full display resolution, simply setting the resolution in preferences within Windows.

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28 months ago
The rMBP is definitely overrated.
Rating: 111 Votes
28 months ago
Requires a hack in Mac OSX, but a simple setting in Windows....not surprised.
Rating: 54 Votes
28 months ago

I smell a lawsuit.


Seriously? I don't think so somehow.
Rating: 47 Votes
28 months ago
- "not authorized by Apple"?

If I buy the hardware I will do with it as I please. :mad:
Rating: 45 Votes
28 months ago
Seems like this would be barely usable, but cool trick nonetheless.
Rating: 40 Votes
28 months ago
This is what I wanted to see :D

laggy pos i heard


You heard wrong.
Rating: 38 Votes
28 months ago
Actually surprised this requires a hack.

I have great eyesight so I would actually love this.
Rating: 31 Votes
28 months ago

Actually surprised this requires a hack.

I have great eyesight so I would actually love this.


I'm surprised too. I figured this was a native option.
Rating: 30 Votes
28 months ago
The full display resolution will be available with Mountain Lion.
Rating: 29 Votes
28 months ago

The full display resolution will be available with Mountain Lion.


..and I suppose Tim Cook mentioned this to you?
Rating: 26 Votes

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