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OS X Mavericks 10.9.3 beta introduces retina display scaling for 4k monitors

on March 10, 2014


The only retina display Macs(s aapl) you can get these days are MacBook Pro laptops. That’s because they’re the only Apple devices that support both high-resolution displays and the software scaling needed to keep text and icons both big and clear. It looks like that’s about to change thanks to OS X Mavericks 10.9.3 and 4k monitors.

osx 10-9-3 display scaling

9to5 Mac notes that the 10.9.3 beta includes support for retina display scaling on 4k monitors — those with resolutions from 3840 x 2160 or higher. Anyone using the beta software will see the new scaled option in the OS X display settings, which will effectively double the pixels for on-screen elements. Without scaling enabled, OS X uses a 1 to 1 method to display everything, meaning icons, text and controls are all very small on a high-resolution display.

Apple doesn’t yet have a 4k monitor of its own to sell, but does offer a…

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