The Retina Display—Seeing Is Believing

The purpose of this page is to show to what extent the Apple Retina display can improve the presentation of photographic images, and you therefore need a MacBook Pro Retina and Safari to see what it's all about. At this time (mid–July 2012), this is the only hardare and software combination that will show the difference properly (actually, a third-generation iPad will do as well, but here we're interested in the MacBook Pro Retina screen). Below are six images, all shown at at a display size of 390x260 pixels. While the images on the left have the same physical dimension as the display size, the photos on the right are 780x520 pixels. However, they, too, are displayed in a screen rectangle of 390x260 pixels. On the Retina screen, the difference in resolution is very obvious while on any other display, the images look practically identical. The left column doesn't really look bad; it just doesn't look quite right any more once one has seen the resolution on the right.


La Pietra (390x260) La Pietra (780x520 displayed as 390x260)

La Pietra (390x260)

La Pietra (780x520 displayed as 390x260)


Pilot Mountain Road (390x260) Pilot Mountain Road (780x520 displayed as 390x260)

Pilot Mountain Road (390x260)

Pilot Mountain Road (780x520 displayed as 390x260)


Strawberry Treat (390x260) Strawberry Treat (780x520 displayed as 390x260)

Strawberry Treat (390x260)

Strawberry Treat (780x520 displayed as 390x260)


Bonifacio Waters (390x260) Bonifacio Waters (780x520 displayed as 390x260)

Bonifacio Waters (390x260)

Bonifacio Waters (780x520 displayed as 390x260)


North Carolina Fall (390x260) North Carolina Fall (780x520 displayed as 390x260)

North Carolina Fall (390x260)

North Carolina Fall (780x520 displayed as 390x260)


Suzette Bells (390x260) Suzette Bells (780x520 displayed as 390x260)

Suzette Bells (390x260)

Suzette Bells (780x520 displayed as 390x260)


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