OSX Lion : HiDPI mode available

Posted: July 27, 2011 in Apple
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ArsTechnica provides a full review of MacOSX Lion (as before wtih all MacOSX versions). We notably learn that Resolution Independance feature, present since Tiger however not enabled, is finally available. However it will provide the double scale only, as with iPhone.

Then on a 1680×1050 display (native resolution) controls and text will be larger, however the available space for windows will correspond to space available in 840×525 mode at standard scale, that is only usable for web pages reading. On a 27′ imac (2560×1440 native resolution) the available space will the same as with 1280×720 mode in standard scale, that is suitable for most of applications.

The result will however not be better than upscaling found on LCD displays (selected resolution below native one, and stretched image to the whole screen/pixels), at least for double scale (that is selected resolution a half the native one). Moreover upscaling provides many scales (depends from the selected resolution).

Initially the Resolution Independance feature was aimed at providing same physical size for controls, whatever screen native resolution (pixels density), and then sharper controls and text, thanks to HiDPI displays. The limited scale available and displays density however leads to the opposite (the controls are zoomed, and arent’s sharper).

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Comments
  1. JazzyJ says:

    “The limited scale available and displays density however leads to the opposite (the controls are zoomed, and arent’s sharper)”.

    What a joke! Apple sell a 27″ iMac and the size of the menu bar is too small for anyone over 30 years old to see. If you change the resolution then you end up with massive icons with a terrible resolution which defys the point of having a high density monitor!!
    And now we hear that ‘Resolution Independence’ leads to: “the controls are zoomed, and arent’s sharper”.

    Seriously disappointed. Even Windows Vista has Resolution Independence that works.

    I am totally speechless at how Apple can sell the units that they do with suck absolutely terrible user control.

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