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Posted by on Jun 14, 2012 in Gadgets, Hardware, Reviews |

MacBook Pro with Retinal Display at first sight

MacBook Pro with Retinal Display at first sight

stores in London almost no MacBook Pro with Retinal Display . The iconic Regent Street has not received even display equipment, and Covent Garden only had four teams in exposure (none in stock to sell), being supervised by four friendly vendors reminding you not hoard them for too long, as there was at least a dozen people waiting their turn to see this impressive display nearby.

So I literally just 5 minutes to play with the team. Here are my impressions.

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The team in general is light and thin (1.8 cm thick and 2 kg in weight), but closer to a Pro to a MacBook Air (as its 15.4-inch and make it less portable). The border around the screen – the black space between the screen “useful” and the edge of the computer – was much reduced compared with the current MacBook Pro

The new MagSafe connector 2 has the appearance of a mini iPod Dock connector, by its share flat with the cable to the center (and not an end). Personally I was happy to include a HDMI port, recalling the years of PowerBooks with DVI ports allow you to connect a screen directly without the need for additional adapter.

Another surprising thing is that it is the first portable that you can directly connect two external displays, although in this case is via the ports Thunderbolt / Mini DisplayPort (MDP) (or an additional adapter to use those ports), or even combining HDMI and MDP.

The speakers sound much better than any previous MacBook, even in a noisy shop full of people, but obviously will not replace a dedicated speaker.


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IMMEDIATELY surprises, like the iPad or iPhone. All Mac OS X interface and native applications such as Safari Apple, iPhoto, iMovie, Aperture or Final Cut Pro, and are prepared for this new resolution is extraordinary.

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Unfortunately the rest of the software must be updated to support this new resolution. For example when you open Photoshop (you can see from the screenshot, although CS5.1, CS6 is not as safe but very similar), all the program’s interface looks pixelated, regardless of whether elements “graphics” (icons or images) or independent resolution elements (like text).

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Pixels in the interface

Worse still, this affects not only the elements of the interface also affects the document or “workspace” of Photoshop. Here you can see that at 100% (where normally everything looks perfect), here is completely pixelated, even as separate elements of resolution fonts.

Even elements “system” to use Photoshop (or a program is not ready for Retina), as the window to confirm if you close the document without saving, is also pixelated.

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This is a big difference with IOS, where applications were not prepared for Retina Display only looked pixelated graphics (icons or images), they were not prepared to double the resolution, the rest of the elements “system” (buttons or tables manners) and the independent resolution (fonts, whether text or paragraphs of text as part of interface elements), adapted automatically even when the application was not optimized for Retina.

Even if it contained images “forced” to a smaller size (as with Instagram before I optimized for Retina), this was seen at high resolution. Unfortunately this does not seem to be the case with OS X Lion and the new Retina.

Although the native resolution of the screen is 2880 X 1800 pixels, one can only get the most in “Retina”, ie 1440 X 900 pixels “x2″.

In System Preferences you can choose other resolutions, reaching a maximum of 1920 X 1200. When testing this resolution I expected it to look blurry, and you are not seeing “pixel by pixel”, but not what magic does Apple even at 1920 X 1200 looks great, much better than expected – so you might as not have many applications optimized for Retina, the ideal is to use the equipment to this resolution.

However, both the graphics card and operating system are able to handle a resolution of 2880 X 1800 (being limited only by a decision of “user experience” by Apple), so no doubt will be a matter of time before some hacker kindly remove a small “fix” that would take advantage of every pixel of the screen without Retina mode.

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