I recently changed from a 2012 Non-Retina Macbook Pro (15 Inch) to the 2016 Retina model.

As soon as I changed , my eyes started to hurt after only few hours of working (1-2) and painful headaches afterwards, this was never the case with the 2012 model, even after 15-16 hours.

I checked and the default resolution is 1680x1050. which is weird as the display 2880x1440 the HiDPI default resolution should be 1440x900.

There is a 1440x900 option, but Macbook says it is "Scaled", and 1680x1050 is default and not scaled (unless the display is 3360x2100 that can't be true can it?)!

I'm confused, does any one has the same issue? or my Macbook has issues?

Please instead of closing this help me, I'm having serious headaches working with this $3000 waste of money and I can't return it (no Apple support in my country) :(

  • Have you tried resenting the NVRAM? Make sure volume is turned up. Turn off the computer, hold Cmd + Option + P + R during startup until you hear the startup chimes twice. Let us know how that goes – NoahL Dec 17 '16 at 18:39

The 2016 15" Retina MacBook Pro has a resolution of 2880 x 1800. 1050/1800 and 1680/2880 are both 7/12 which means it is scaling properly for 7/12 the maximum resolution.

I'm not sure how the resolution or scaling would cause you to have headaches unless the text and images on the screen legitimately appear blurry. Is that the case? It is possible that you have the screen brighter, or glossy rather than matte, or are using it differently, but I can't really say.

In general, you should take short breaks every 10 or 20 minutes and have a screen brightness that matches the ambient environment (many people make it too bright which forces them to squint or tense up and get headaches) to prevent eye strain, and remember to blink frequently to prevent dry eye.

Short of that, I'd say change the resolution to whatever feels better for you, or see if anyone you know would be interested in trading laptops if you find theirs to be easier on your eyes.


Just configure it at the scale you prefer, and ignore the message that it is being scaled. A 2016 MacBook Pro should have no trouble with it.

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