The new Retina MacBook has an astounding 2880 x 1800 pixel display, but Apple has restricted it’s ability to use that resolution in OS X. Lucky for you, a developer took on the task and created this simple tool that allows you to get the native resolution your Retina MacBook is capable of. Though you might need a magnifying glass to see anything…
In the System Preferences on the new Retina MacBook you have the ability to define your resolution up to 920 x 1200 pixels. But what happens if you want more space? Surely the display is capable of a bigger resolution.
SetResX is a new menu bar tool that allows you to do just that. Set a ginormous display resolution of 2880 x 1800. If you decide to go this route, you may find yourself squinting. As you can see above, It makes everything super small…
Regardless Phoenixdev from Reddit posted this nice little tool:
So Apple just announced their new retina Macbook Pro…but they only let you use the scaled resolutions they specify? Well, as Apple eloquently put it, there’s an app for that.
SetResX (name will be changed, I’m quite sure) is a free menu bar program to set any non-scaled resolution your retina Macbook Pro supports, including the famed 1:1, 2880×1800 resolution.
Now for the fine print:
- First and foremost, this is still under development.
- I do not have a retina Macbook Pro yet…but this has been tested on one.
- Changes do not persist when you log out. A future version will let you make them persist.
- Want to go back to a scaled resolution? I’m working on it…but for now, use the System Preferences Displays panel.
It’s been tested and does actually work so if you’re up for a little squint reading or having four full-size windows open at once, this tool may be for you. Otherwise the highest standard resolution on the Retina MacBook may do just fine.
The tool also offers a wide array of resolutions not available in OS X:
- 2880 x 1800
- 2560 x 1600
- 2048 x 1200
- 1680 x 1050
- 1440 x 900 (no HiDPI)
- 1280 x 800
- 1024 x 768
- 800 x 600
- 640 x 480
Let us know if you get a chance to try it out.