Apple’s new MacBook Pro is quite a beast. It’s thinner than a slice of toast (depending on your preferred loaf) and prettier than a shiny flower. Especially as it’s got an eye-bleeding Retina Display that puts the rest of the laptop world to shame. Thing is, by default it’s not running to anywhere near its full pixel power. Want to turn things up to eleven? Here’s how…
The Retina Display on the MacBook Pro uses pixel doubling by default, effectively only letting you put as many icons on your desktop as you can on a Mac with a 1440 x 900 resolution – they just look much crisper. But there’s more in its arsenal. Lots more.
The System Preferences lets you tweak this resolution to a few different settings, but by default you can’t max it out to its pinnacle: 2880 x 1800 pixels. That’s where SwitchResX comes in. It’s an app that lets you create a custom resolution setting.
At this maximum setting things still look incredibly sharp, but it’ll make icons, windows and menus smaller, effectively giving you a heap more screen estate to play around with.
Now, some users have reported a bug that makes SwitchResX delete the part of System Preferences that lets you switch the resolution back, so be wary, but if you want to see what the new display can really do, this is your window.