what is retina display

We are looking to buy a mac book pro. There is a new feature called retina display. What is Retina display

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    "Retina" as trademarked by Apple, and is a process where apple doubles the amount of pixels where one pixel lies. An example is, the old macbook pro resolution was 1400x900, the new one in Retina is 2880x1800. Essentially they split the pixel into 4 squares, and they do all sorts of other technical stuff to make it all clear.

    I suggest you only go with the Retina MacBook Pro if you're in Video, Sound Editing/Producing or Graphic Design, I've heard Web Designers get a bit frustrated at times, but Adobe will soon resolve this with an update in Photoshop. I think the graphics may still seem blurry for now.

    I personally ordered one, for the purposes of design, and more.

    In the end the decision is yours.

    • Answered by Louis L from Toronto
    • Jun 28, 2012
  • Retina Display, stylized by Apple as Retina display, is a brand name used by Apple for liquid crystal displays that, according to Apple, have a high enough pixel density that the human eye is unable to notice pixelation at a typical viewing distance. The term is used for several Apple products, including the iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, MacBook Pro, iPad Mini, and iPad Air.[1] Because the typical viewing distance is different, depending on each device's use, the pixels per inch claimed to be of Retina quality can differ, depending on the size of the display, with higher PPI for smaller displays and lower PPI for larger displays: 326 PPI for the smallest devices (iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad Mini (2nd generation)), 264 PPI for mid-sized devices (iPad, including iPad Air), and 220 PPI for larger devices (MacBook Pro). When an Apple product has a Retina Display, each user interface widget is doubled in width and height to compensate for the smaller pixels. Apple calls this mode HiDPI mode. Apple has applied to register the term "Retina" as a trademark in regard to computers and mobile devices with the United States Patent and Trademark Office, Canadian Intellectual Property Office, and in Jamaica.[2][3] On November 27, 2012 the US Patent and Trademark office approved Apple's application and "Retina" is now a registered trademark for computer equipment.

    • Answered by Alejandro M from Miami
    • Nov 10, 2013