Apple Adds High-DPI Versions of Pointers in OS X 10.7.3

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Screenshot from FinerThingsIn.com

DaringFireball notes several changes in some of the icons found in OS X 10.7.3. Several of our readers had also noticed the small changes in pointer icons in the latest version. It seems the changes run a bit deeper than on first glance. The new icons apparently come in high DPI versions that allow them to scale at high resolutions.

Have you noticed that Safari’s hovering-over-a-link pointing-finger cursor looks a little different in Mac OS X 10.7.3? It’s not just that the finger is at a slightly different angle — it’s a new UI resource that scales gracefully to larger sizes. That’s not the only new high-DPI image resource in 10.7.3: the grabby hand in Mail, the camera cursor for selecting an individual window to take a screenshot of, and a few other UI elements got the high-DPI treatment in 10.7.3.

Matt Gemmell shows an enlarged version of the icon when zoomed in Universal Access:

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As Daring Fireball notes, this could simply be meant for use in Universal Access, but given the active work on high-resolution support in OS X, we too think ultra-high resolution Macs are coming soon. One recent rumor had pegged a "Retina" MacBook Pro as arriving as early as Q2 2012.

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Top Rated Comments

Hildron101010 Avatar
163 months ago
Beach Ball Pic



^ That's what it looks like with a higher res.
Score: 31 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Ahheck01 Avatar
163 months ago
Retina 15" Matte Macbook Pro with next-gen i7 and 512gig SSD and 16gig RAM in Air-like form factor.

Apple, I will give you $5,000 for this in an instant.
Score: 21 Votes (Like | Disagree)
longofest Avatar
163 months ago
should have added this icon, IMO:

Score: 20 Votes (Like | Disagree)
chrmjenkins Avatar
163 months ago
Image (http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y39/W1ckedWeasel/Fingers.jpg)

I dunno why, I'm just not okay with these icons...

Two in the think, one in the sync.
Score: 16 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Pakaku Avatar
163 months ago
That's new?

I'm still on 10.7.2, and my cursors can go high-resolution...


Score: 14 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Yvan256 Avatar
163 months ago
Why are those screen captures in JPEG? In this case PNG would be the best format to use.

Or is there still "JPEG is the best solution in all cases" people out there? :confused:
Score: 13 Votes (Like | Disagree)