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Fourth OS X 10.7.3 beta drops HiDPI mode from app options

updated 01:25 pm EST, Wed December 21, 2011

May cast doubt on Retina Display Macs

The fourth OS X 10.7.3 beta has dropped a reference to an ultra-high resolution mode known as HiDPI, notes MacRumors. In some past betas of the update, opening the Get Info window for an app would present an "Open in HIDPI mode" checkbox, even though toggling it had no effect. That checkbox yesterday went missing, according to a new report.

Apple is rumored to be working on a new MacBook Pro with a 2880x1880 display, bringing the sharpness of Mac graphics into line with the Retina Displays on the iPhone and the iPod touch. Removing the HiDPI checkbox from Lion could signify that Apple isn't ready to build such a high-resolution computer. At the same time, however, the company will sometimes flip code on and off during a feature's development.

by MacNN Staff



  1. sibeale1

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Or, the switch could have been automated in this release, with no need to manually select it.

  1. bjojade

    Joined: Dec 1969



    It could just know that the machines currently aren't up to the task, and the feature will be there when new machines come out.

    This change doesn't signify anything other than the feature isn't ready to be deployed TODAY.

  1. hayesk

    Joined: Dec 1969



    The machines are capable of handling it. The software is not ready.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Re: No.

    The machines are capable of handling it. The software is not ready.

    The machines "may" be able to handle it, but that doesn't mean Apple would allow it to be turned on for those machines. Remember, Apple wants you to upgrade, even if they feel they need to force it or disable perfectly usable features for no reason (i.e. no Siri on the iPad).

    But I'm sure Apple would give some 'reason', like "But we'd be adding a capability to the old computer, and the accountants say we can't do that without charging for it"

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