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Using a Retina display

The pixel density of Retina displays is so high that your eyes can't detect individual pixels at a normal viewing distance. This gives content incredible detail and dramatically improves your viewing experience.

Computers and external displays with a Retina display

Native resolution, pixel density and colour depth vary by product model. Use the links below to find the tech specs for your model.

Change the resolution of your display

Your Mac automatically chooses a default resolution that is optimal for your display.

Change your Mac display's resolution

Using Mac apps with a Retina display

If an older app looks different than you expect on your Retina display or high-resolution external display, you may be able to open the app in low-resolution mode:

  1. Quit the app.

  2. Open the Applications folder.

  3. Click the app once to select it, then choose Get Info from the File menu.

  4. From the Get Info window that opens, select the tick box labelled ”Open in Low Resolution” if present.

  5. Close the Get Info window and open the app again.

Some apps that work best in low-resolution mode or that work only in low-resolution mode will have this mode already turned on, and in that case you might not be able to turn it off. The app developer might offer an update that includes support for the Retina display.

Using Boot Camp and Windows with a Retina display

Boot Camp supports resolutions up to 3840 x 2160. When your Mac is using the Apple-supplied Windows Support Software, Windows starts up with the maximum dpi (pixels) it supports, which is 144 dpi or 150-percent magnification. As a result, items on the display appear small, with a lot of space. You can use the Windows Display control panel item to adjust this setting in Windows.

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