I ordered a new MacBook Pro with Retina display a few weeks ago. You can read my post Should You Buy a MacBook Pro With Retina Display? Here is Why I Did for more details why.
After a few weeks of using the new laptop, I have to say that so far I’m very pleased. I’ve had several Apple & PC laptops in the past and this one has not failed to impress.
The only real problem? The display is too good. What do I mean? Most websites and apps were not developed for such a high resolution.
Ten essential Retina-enabled OS X apps for the new Macbook Pro
The high-pixel-density Retina display runs at a resolution of 2,880 x 1,800, allowing for four times the number of pixels as the previous model. But most software isn’t built for resolutions that high, so Apple has doubled up the pixels on old apps. On the one hand, that means you can still use those apps, but on the other hand it means that edges are jagged and don’t look great.
At first, the only real apps that supported the crazy high number of pixels were the apps made by Apple.
There’s version of Chrome that supports the high resolution, but you have to switch over to a developer build of Chrome to get it. More information about getting a different version can be found at the Chromium site. At some point in the near future I’m sure the standard version will support Retina, but for now, I switched over to the developer build and taking a risk running a build that hasn’t been fully tested.
Below is a side by side comparison of Safari vs. Chrome (before upgrade to developer build that has better support for Retina):
Below is a comparison of the current version of Chrome and the developer build that supports the Retina display.
Click to enlarge
Chrome with Retina Support:
Click to enlarge
There is another article I read that has a good comparison of different browsers: Blurry Text On MacBook Pro With Retina Display
So, in summary, the MacBook Pro with Retina display is a great machine. Sure, there have been reports of various problems, which is to be expected, but that’s the risk you take when purchasing new technology products. At $2,199 it’s not cheap, but with flash storage, 7 1/2 hour battery life, crazy fast processors and an amazing display, it is, in my opinion, one of the best high performance laptops on the market.
Now, if software companies could release new versions of their apps that support the display and everyone would update their website to support high resolution displays, life would be great!