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Retina Preferences for diglloyd.com
This 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.
Logging in for Retina
When Retina-resolution images are a win.
Retina-resolution images are gorgeous on the Apple MacBook Pro with Retina Display or the latest Apple iPad 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. You might have to refresh your browser
Use the image below to verify functionality (refresh the page after changing).
* Some images have no retina-resolution version, especially those in older blog entries.
Manual toggle for comparison below
The images below can be manually togged to standar/Retina (normally this is automatic, it is done manually here to allow one to see the difference on any display).
Observe that the Retina-resolution image looks worse on a non-Retina screen; it is blurred due to downsampling to screen resolution for display.