Electric Pig says the new MacBook Pro is ruining the internet. It is.
After some hands-on with Apple’s new MacBook Pro with Retina Display, I have a couple of takeaways.
First, the display is so good that moving back to a lesser display is an assault on the eyes. Everything on the web looks grainy on a non-Retina display Mac or PC.
Second, high resolution images and photos look great on a Retina display, but wreak havoc on standard web page images, which look unfocused and not sharp. That presents a new design problem for web page designers.
Ben Sills sees a similar problem.
I spent a few days working on the new MacBook Pro, then tried to go back to my 2009 15.6-inch MacBook Pro. It’s hard. It looks grainy. It offends me now. Which is ridiculous, but there you are.
Wait. There’s more. And it gets worse.
Flickr’s homepage image now makes me want to wretch. The Bing homepage picture has more artifacts than the British Museum. Logos at the bottom of emails all look awful – and instinctively make me think less of the company. Favicons, the small image many browsers show on a tab or in the bookmarks menu, look like a nostalgic reference to the 8-bit era. The drop down menus on other browsers themselves, such as Firefox, are almost difficult to read.
I’m in total agreement. The Retina display on a Mac makes web sites look like Madonna’s face in a close up. Fuzzy.