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OS X Mavericks 10.9.3 Beta Contains Native 'Retina' Resolution Option for 4K Displays

Just released earlier tonight, Apple's OS X Mavericks 10.9.3 beta appears to have built-in support that enables all compatible 4K displays to be set at a "Retina" resolution, with an option for 60Hz output. The compatibility was first discovered by Twitter user @KhaosT, and was tested with both the Late 2013 Retina MacBook Pro and redesigned Mac Pro in conjunction with Dell's UltraSharp 24 Ultra HD Monitor.

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To this point, OS X compatibility with 4K displays has been known to be somewhat erratic, as AnandTech revealed in December that Sharp's 32'' 4K display supported only one scaled resolution at 2560 x 1440. Furthermore, it was discovered that Apple had chosen to render text, menu and UI elements in the same manner as the Retina MacBook Pro, resulting in small and difficult to read on-screen elements on a 4K display. Various other 4K monitors were also found to be not properly supported.

Native support for 4K displays could also indicate that Apple is gearing up to release a higher-resolution Thunderbolt Display, as Apple last refreshed the monitor over two years ago. A number of other companies also introduced more affordable 4K displays at CES 2014 in January, with options from the likes of Lenovo, Asus, Seiki, and LG expected to hit the market throughout this year.


Related roundup: Thunderbolt Display

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10 months ago

you guys would really pay a thousand bucks for a monitor? :eek:


hell yes!
Rating: 19 Votes
10 months ago

You guys would really pay a thousand bucks for a monitor? :eek:


Top of the range monitors have always cost this, a lot of the time a lot more.
Rating: 17 Votes
10 months ago
That is awesome! I've been waiting for this. Hopefully this means new 4K Thunderbolt Cinema Displays?
Rating: 12 Votes
10 months ago

Sure for a good quality one. I've had my share of LG and Dell displays and they're the worst. Washed out colors, blurriness, etc.

Well, let's hope it does actually start at $1000 and not higher, eh?


lol funny how you say that, apple panels are probably from lg haha
Rating: 11 Votes
10 months ago

lol funny how you say that, apple panels are probably from lg haha


The PC users gets the leftovers when Apple is done picking it's panels. :D
Rating: 11 Votes
10 months ago
You guys would really pay a thousand bucks for a monitor? :eek:
Rating: 10 Votes
10 months ago

You guys would really pay a thousand bucks for a monitor? :eek:


Sure for a good quality one. I've had my share of LG and Dell displays and they're the worst. Washed out colors, blurriness, etc.

Well, let's hope it does actually start at $1000 and not higher, eh?
Rating: 10 Votes
10 months ago
They could also release a 4k 17" MBP...
Rating: 10 Votes
10 months ago

Umm, sure they would, they are Apple customers. They would pay over $3000 for a laptop computer. Something nearly unheard of in the PC world. :D


Yeah because there's no such thing as Alienware.
Rating: 10 Votes
10 months ago

Umm, sure they would, they are Apple customers. They would pay over $3000 for a laptop computer. Something nearly unheard of in the PC world. :D


I realize you don't know anything but will try to educate you. Average selling price for a PC laptop is around $600 to $700. Thats for the cheap junk you get at Best Buy and you are still using the always mediocre Windows and forget about service and support.
Average selling price for a Mac laptop is around $1,100. The $3,000 you reference gets you top of the line 15". The advantages of the $1100 Mac laptop are obvious to everyone here.
$3,000 is not remotely "unheard of" in the PC world. Sitting next to my 15" loaded retina is an HP Workstation laptop that costs more than my 15" MBP. But still not as good in any way and it runs Windows. Ugh.
So $3,000 is an outlier price for Mac laptops but you can easily pay that for Dell or HP PC laptops among others that are also workstation class quality.
You get what you pay for.
Here is a Dell workstation laptop for $2775 sort of equivalent in specs to my 15" MBP but it costs $400 more, does not have a retina display, is made of the cheapest components Dell can find, terrible service and support, and uses Windows 7 because nobody wants Windows 8. Enjoy.
Processor
Intel Core i7-4702HQ (Quad Core 2.20GHz, 3.2GHz Turbo, 6MB 37W, w/HD Graphics 4600) edit
16GB (2x8GB) 1600MHz DDR3 edit
LED Display
15.6" UltraSharp™ FHD Touch(1920x1080)
Video Card
Nvidia® Quadro® K1100M, w/ 2GB GDDR5 edit
Hard Drive
512GB Solid State Drive Full Mini Card edit
Intel® Dual Band Wireless-AC 7260 + Bluetooth 4.0
Primary Battery
6-cell, 61Whr primary battery edit
Rating: 6 Votes

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