Is the screen resolution adjustable on the 2012 Retina Macbook Pro so it can run applications that have not been updated for retina display?

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    Yes, there are five different "modes" for resolution, from "larger text" (lower resolution) up to "more details" (higher resolution). "Supported resolutions: 2880 by 1800 pixels (Retina); scaled resolutions: 1920 by 1200, 1680 by 1050, 1280 by 800, and 1024 by 640 pixels". At least those last four are also very windows friendly, if that's of interest to you (I'm sure 2880x1800 is as well, but I've not seen that in person to confirm).

    • Answered by David W from Cedar Park
    • 14-Jun-2012
  • Most applications will run on a retina display regardless. However, they won't look good unless they've been optimised for it.

    Scaling options are available which will help address that problem, although hopefully it will only be a stopgap solution while apps adjust to the new resolution. You can also adjust the scaling to provide more space for application windows or to enlarge text.

    If you want to learn more, I recommend reading the recent Anandtech analysis of the retina display.

    - Liam

    • Answered by Liam H
    • 14-Jun-2012