Apple’s Lion Gets 2560×1600 (HiDPI) Mode on a 30″ Theoretical 5120×3200 Pixel Display!
Apple has made all necessary arrangements in its recently released Mac OS X Lion 10.7 to offer 2560×1600 (HiDPI) Mode on a Theoretical 30″ 5120×3200 Pixel Display since new Lion version has a support for ultra high resolution displays within new “HiDPI” mode, accordingly as reported by Macrumors.
The folks, who have downloaded Apple’s Xcode for Lion, now can enable “HiDPI” mode in the Quartz Debug application through Developer directory. After enabling it, Lion’s Displays control panel offers additional 1/4 (and lower) resolution sizes on a 30″ Cinema Display with a local resolution of 2560×1600;
However, yet there is nothing to experience at the moment though 1280×800 HiDPI resolutions incorporated in Lion offers exactly 1/4 of the area of the in-built resolution of the 30″ Cinema Display and simply enables you a zoomed in view on current monitors.
In future, we would quite be able to use 2560×1600 (HiDPI) mode on a theoretical 30″ 5120×3200 pixel display. All user interface elements would attain the same size as today’s 30″ Cinema Display, but when available, higher resolution textures would be there to render the graphics. Apple has already done this during transitioning from the original iPhone resolution to the iPhone 4′s retina display.
Here is an exemplary screenshot to exhibit this effect by Arstechnica. Fonts already render in the higher resolution while bitmapped graphics are unable to catch it since have not yet been modified to support high resolution (“Retina”) graphics.
It means Apple has made all necessary arrangements to offer 2560×1600 (HiDPI) Mode on a 30″ 5120×3200 Pixel Display in Mac OS X Lion, as soon as the required technology is attained. We should be ready to watch double-DPI Retina displays in our future.
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