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Next version of Chrome browser to support Retina MacBook

updated 07:33 am EDT, Thu June 14, 2012

Google working on HDPi support for Chrome

The next version of Google's Chrome browser, codenamed 'Canary,' will support Apple's new MacBook Pro with Retina Display. Anandtech has tested the developer version of the browser on Apple's latest notebook and found that it marks a significant improvement over how Chrome currently renders to the display. As can be seen from the images (below), the new browser takes full advantage of the Retina Display and renders text and images much more sharply.

In line with what users experienced when the Retina Display first appeared on the iPhone and the new iPad, it is expected that software and web developers will take some time before they have optimized their code in order get the most out of the 2880x1800 (220 ppi) pixel panel. In the meantime, Apple has offered users of the new notebook a range of scaling options that will help to compensate for sites and apps that haven't made the jump to Retina support.

As for Canary, Google says that it is determined to make the most of the new display as soon as possible. According to Google's Canary 'Chief Apple Polisher' Nico Weber, Google is 'committed to
polishing Chrome until it shines on [the new MacBook Pro].' Despite the growing tension between the two companies, a visit to any Google campus will reveal that many of its staff continue to use MacBooks, an added motivation to get the update out the door sooner rather than later.

by MacNN Staff



  1. derbbre

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Canary is a running title, not just the "next" ver

    Technically, Canary is not the codename for the next version of Chrome. The title Google Chrome Canary is applied to an ongoing version of Chrome that utilizes cutting-edge technologies that often work their way to the mainstream version of Chrome. It is in this way a running title. When Chrome's version number goes up, so does Canary's. My current Chrome Canary version is "21.0.1172.0 canary", while my mainstream Chrome version is "19.0.1084.56". When Chrome bumps up to version 20, Canary will go to 22, and so on.

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