his site can serve up “Retina-class” images for high resolution displays such as the Retina display on Apple’s MacBook Pro with Retina display (see review).
Retina resolution images are NOT a good choice in several cases:
- As of Nov 15, 2012, the iPhone and iPad do not display full image resolution. HOWEVER, retina grade images still look outstanding nonetheless, at least with Apple iOS 6 and the Retina versions of iPad and iPhone.
- Traditional computer screens at standard scaling look blurred with retina-resolution images due to web browser scaling limitations. However, zooming up a browser window (for ease of viewing, e.g. older eyes) can benefit from more pixels, hence retina images can help in that specific case, even on traditional screens.
- A relatively slow internet connection; retina-resolution images are 3-4 times larger, increasing download time substantially.
Do nothing to continue seeing regular resolution images.
When Retina-resolution images are a win.
Retina-resolution images are gorgeous on the Apple MacBook Pro with Retina Display.
Display of retina-resolution images is controlled by a browser cookie, so you must use this checkbox for each device (which as of early 2013 means ONLY the MacBook Pro with Retina Display).
To enable Retina-size images*, check this box:
Display Retina resolution images
(useful only on MacBook Pro with Retina display)
Uncheck this box to cease receiving Retina-size photos.
Use the image below to verify functionality (refresh the page after changing).
* Many images have no retina-resolution version, especially those in the blog.