A retina display is a marketing term to indicate that at a normal close viewing range, the size of each pixel is smaller than the size which the human retina can distinguish rendering each pixel to be a point of light and not an area of light.

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MacBook Retina Display for coding

This is a question that could be better on Stack Overflow or Programmers, but I thought I'd try it here first. As a programmer, I need lots of screen real-estate for the IDE and files that I'm ...
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Does the new Macbook Pro with Retina display have user-upgradeable RAM?

I'm interested in purchasing the new MacBook Pro with Retina display, but it's not clear from the tech specs page whether the RAM is user-upgradeable or not. Do I need to take into account future RAM ...
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What exactly is a retina display?

With the advent of the new iPad, which has a retina display, I started thinking about what exactly a retina display is. I know it has higher resolution, but what exactly is the definition of a retina ...
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Macbook Pro Retina running at native resolution

A question I've had in my head since I first saw screenshots of the display preference pane on the new Retina MBP is this: Can it be made to run with what you could call a 1.0 UI scaling factor (same ...
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Size of text in the new Retina MacBook Pros

I saw there is a new version of MacBook Pro is out which has Retina Display. This means there are more pixel per inch. Does this imply that text is smaller?
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How can I increase text size in single-user mode?

I spend a lot of time in single-user mode on our company Macs as part of my maintenance and OS mass-deployment work. We recently made our first foray into Retina display territory by purchasing some ...
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Is there a Retina Enabled IDE to do some programming on the new MacBook Pro?

From the answers to this question: How does Eclipse work on new Retina MacBook Pros? It seems that Eclipse on the new Retina a display appears pretty bad. Is there an IDE that currently works well on ...
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How to use the new iPad (3rd gen) as a second screen?

I carry my iPad everywhere, and now that I've got the new one with the high resolution display, I'd like to use it as a second monitor for my Macbook Pro. It would be great if I could occasionally ...
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Is it possible to move the mouse by one pixel on a retina display?

I was trying to use DigitalColor Meter to find the color of a pixel on my retina MacBook Pro, but I found that it was impossible to get the color that I wanted because the smallest that I could move ...
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Insect inside the display of the iPad Retina

Yesterday I found a bug inside my iPad display. I mean, literally a bug. My wife was reading some magazine and noticed something moving inside the screen. I thought it was some kind of animation, took ...
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Why does the iPad use nearest-neighbour scaling rather than Retina scaling for iPhone apps

When Apple announced the iPad, one of the features was the possibility of running iPhone apps, optionally scaling to 2x size with blurry results. Fast forward to the announcement of the iPhone 4 and ...
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What is the best RDP/VNC client for the new iPad that makes use of the retina display?

I am looking for a remote desktop client to connect to both my Mac and PC. I would prefer not to install any software on the remote computers and just take advantage of the built-in protocols. What ...
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External display resolution changes upon display sleep?

I have a 15" MacBook Pro with Retina Display and a ShiMian QH270-IPSMS monitor (2560x1440). The first pitfall I ran across when setting this up was that the HDMI port doesn't support my display's ...
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How can I know whether an app supports the iPad Retina display?

In the app store is there any easy, ideally universal way to tell whether an app supports Retina graphics? A great deal of apps have a What's New entry that says "Added Retina Support" or "Support for ...
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Can the Eclipse emulator be made less blurry when run on retina Mac hardware?

I'm using Eclipse JUNO and ADT 21 on a MacBook Pro Retina 15" and the eclipse app itself looks very sharp (code blocks, images and texts). However, things are blurry in the Android Emulator. What ...
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Java and Mac retina support

Does Java support the retina display with high definition rendering of, for example, text? Or is it treated as an unmodified application, and therefore subject to scaling?
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Do non-retina graphics looks worse on a retina display than they did before?

There are complaints that non-retina apps look terrible compared to retina apps on a retina iPad. Is this purely in comparison with high-resolution apps, or does it actually look worse than it did on ...
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Screen Sensitivity of the retina display iPad (3rd generation). Is it better than before?

Does the new iPad support higher resolution tapping, or just more pixels for display. Stylii and the existing iPad feel like writing with a big marker on a big index card. Will the new iPad feel more ...
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Is there a way to change the OSX system font size per monitor?

I'm wondering if there is a way to change the OSX system font size per monitor (e.g. larger for Retina and smaller on external display) ? I know how to change it system wide (as covered by How can I ...
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How can I make crisper screen shots on MBP Retina?

So we all know that the Retina has a double density screen. As such, when I take screen shots they are 144ppi instead of 72ppi. These are great when I am looking at them in Photoshop, but if I paste ...
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How can we ensure that contact photos appear as either full-screen or as thumbnails on the iPhone?

I've noticed that contact photos on the iPhone seem to appear in one of two modes: Thumbnail: A small square image shown next to the contact's name or number Full-Screen: The image takes up the ...
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Other resolution (no scaling) in MacBook Pro retina

What do the other resolutions look like? I know in OS X you can't go down (for now) to really (non retina) at 1440x900 and also in Windows (for no new bootcamp driver) you can't; but I see how in the ...
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Are retina graphics a burden all Macs (including non-retina) must carry?

I'm in the process of downloading a rather chunky iMovie update (1.89 GB), and I'm wondering if the "Retina support" described about the update is something my non-retina MacBook must have lingering ...
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What Twitter apps work with a Retina display?

Update: Twitter for Mac is now supported by Retina and available through the app store. As many have noticed, the Twitter App doesn't render sharply on a Retina display. Some say Tweetbot is the ...
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How do I disable scaling for specific apps on Retina MacBook Pro?

Is it possible to set certain non-Retina enabled apps to not scale up (in other words, run at a native resolution) on the new Retina MacBook Pro?
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Retina enabled Apps and file sizes

With the new iPad being released with the Retina display, many apps are being updated with new graphics and images to enable native resolution images to be displayed. However, with increasing ...
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What happens, exactly, when an iPhone app is run on an iPad at 2x scale?

When I run an iPhone app which supports retina displays on an iPad, does it have increased clarity when shown at 2x size? I've noticed text appears pixelated, but photos do not. Is there a complete ...
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What applications do a good job of using the iPad's retina display for stock data?

I have a few leads, but wanted to know what people feel is an excellent stock price data-visualization and data-exploration app on a retina iPad display. Excellent would include: very clear data ...
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How does the new iPad's Retina Display affect its battery life?

As we all know, the new iPad has a gorgeous new Retina Display. And yet, it's advertised to have battery life just as good as the iPad 2's. How is this possible? Doesn't the new display require a lot ...
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Has the retina screen effectively made dead pixels moot?

Now the new iPad has a retina screen, does that mean we can't see dead pixels anymore?
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3G downloading a retina-only game?

If I try to download a game from the AppStore from an iPhone 3G, and the game says in the requirements that it only supports 3GS+, will the AppStore immediately disallow me the download or will it let ...
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New MacBook Pro Retina Hard Drive Type

I'm looking to buy a 15" Retina MacBook Pro, I'm looking at the website Models and they seem to be pretty inflexible (for instance the 2.3 GHz model you are locked into a 256 GB HD). So I know this ...
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Games no longer appear to be using Retina graphics

I just opened up Angry Birds Seasons today and the graphics looked blurrier than usual. I don't know how reliable a screenshot is but here is one I took and you can see it looks blurry. (Also, the ...
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Retina iPhone app on the new iPad

With the new iPads having a retina display, what will happen to iPhone apps that are built to support retina display for iPhone/iPod touch on an iPad sized retina screen. Will the iPad use the retina ...
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Turn off blurring on Mac Book Pro with Retina display

I think it's already known issue that old applications look blurry on the new retina display, but some look ok, just worse quality. As an example I want you too look on the image below: It's clearly ...
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What is the appropriate size for album art to display correctly the iPad's retina display?

What is the appropriate size for album art to display correctly on the 3rd generation iPad's retina display?
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Blur Interfaces of TeXworks on MacBook Pro with Retina Display?

I am using TeXworks as the LaTeX editor on my new MacBook Pro with Retina Display. The interfaces are super blur. It seems that TeXworks does not support the retina resolution. See below. The ...
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Retina display support for XQuartz X11 applications

I use a MacBook Pro with retina display, OS X 10.8. I'm trying to run applications on a remote cluster via X11 ssh forwarding. I see everything with bad resolution, and guess this has to do with my ...
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Can retina display features be enabled on older (non-retina) displays?

I have an older iMac, without a true retina display. I want to be able to scale the user interface like the retina macs do, but I can't seem to find a way to do that. Does anyone know a way to trick ...
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Does the iPad (2012, 3rd generation) have the most pixels of any tablet's display?

I have heard this as a factoid from somewhere, and I'd like verification of it before I use it as a factual piece of information. The new iPad (2012, 3rd generation) has a super high pixel count. ...
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MacBook Pro 2012 appearance

I just got the latest MacBook Pro (2.6 GHz i7 Quad Core, 8GB RAM, non-retina). But the packaging and overall appearance looks just like the older 15" one (I don't see any HDMI and stuff). Are the ...
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Can I use a retina display at actual pixel size?

Unfortunately I just learned that Apple is has already discontinued the 17" MBP and Apple marketing has this quote: But if you’re looking for a reason why Apple offed the 17-inch now, you need go ...
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Not sure if these are Dead or Stuck pixels on my Retina Macbook Pro?

My laptop was fine just yesterday !! But today, I found this on my screen : The unfocused image shows that the pixels are glowing in different colors. Shouldnt this indicate that there is some ...
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Can I make iPhone 5 screen shots without an iPhone to test with?

Given an html5 application that I have access to, Is there a way to get a screen shot of how it would look on the iPhone 5. I do not have an iPhone 5, so is this possible?
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Apple has ditched matte laptop displays: Display replacement options?

I was thinking about buying a MacBook Pro for coding while not at home, but suddenly realized that they all come with glossy displays. The glare/mirror effect is utterly unacceptable for me. Are there ...
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Why do browsers not render pictures in native pixel density on retina display?

It seems to me that browsers (Chrome, Safari, Firefox) on my retina Macbook Pro do not render any pictures at native pixel density. For example, when I open an image from google images and then ...
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iPhone 5 displaying single 1x icon instead of 2x?

All of the icons on my iPhone 5 display at 2x, but for some reason, my SchoolsFirst eDeposit icon displays the 1x image. Any idea how I can fix this? I tried deleting/redownloading the app, and hiding ...
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How can I stop my retina display from taking 2x sized screenshots?

I recently got a retina display MacBook, and all my screenshots (via ⌘+⇧+3 or ⌘+⇧+4) end up being twice the size compared to how they appear on-screen. How can I stop this from happening?
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Why does Dia interface look blurry on my Mac?

I have installed the latest Dia and XQuartz (X11) on my Mac OS X 10.8.3 retina display. As seen in the screenshot below, why do the items and anything I draw look blurry and pixelly? What can I do ...
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Which versions of Xcode are not updated to take advantage of HiDPI/Retina displays?

I've been looking over the release notes for Xcode and can't find one that says it's been enabled for HiDPI mode and the retina display MacBook Pro. By enabled, I mean that Xcode will run on the new ...