While Microsoft is readying to launch its upcoming Windows 8 RC operating system soon and in the other hand Apple at WWDC 2012 announced that the updated MacBook Pro with Retina Display to ship, the folks at AnadndTech has been among the first to get their hands-on the covated device. Upgraded with the new pixel-dense display, SSD and USB 3.0 given them some brief comparision tests, the tech blog has now manged to test it out on how Microsoft’s latest Windows 8 OS defaults to 1024 x 768 might look on the boasting a 2880 x 1800 LCD.
Unfortunately, the notebook’s NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M doesn’t have native driver support in Windows 7 or Windows 8 yet this time. Anand Lal Shimpi was still able to get a wonderful idea of what Windows 8 would look like at 2880 x 1800 screen resolution. While Windows 7, Microsoft’s current flagship operating system, reportedly would support higher than 1600 x 1200 without particular Graphics driver, while the Release Preview of Windows 8 allowed him to select the full 2880 x 1800 panel resolution with no issues.
Here’s what Anand says about the installation:
When the problem arises with the Boot Camp driver, which Apple doesn’t provide any settings for the Retina MacBook Pro yet, so he had to use the Broadcom wireless driver from any SNB MacBook Pro to get WiFi work under Windows. Where the NVIDIA doesn’t allow any downloadable GeForce GT 650M driver either for Windows 7 or Win 8 yet. The R302 Verde drivers are supposed to be due out in the not too distant future with support for the 650M, not exactly, it’s luck. He tried to modify drivers to get 650M support and also modified some by himself, unfortunately he was not been successfully made it.
The unscaled Metro start screen at 2880 x 1800:
Even without a working NVIDIA driver, I was able to get a feel for what a 2880 x 1800 setting would look like on a traditional desktop under Windows 8. If you remember back to our scaling and display analysis articles, Apple doesn’t offer a desktop resolution equivalent higher than 1920 x 1200 under OS X. The thinking being that unscaled 2880 x 1800 would just be too small for the desktop, icon text and default UI elements. The screenshot below shows the Windows 8 desktop at default (no DPI scaling) settings at 2880 x 1800:
When you see the above picture, the Skyfall trailer is actually a full 1920 x 1080 window. Text is indeed very small, by increasing DPI scaling, text becomes a little easier to decipher, and the tests just go to show how immensely sharp the new Retina actually is.
However every consumer have their own thought with regards to which features mage a good tech product, the MacBook Pro with Retina display will always be remembered as the point when Apple integrated the super-sharp screen, despite with bunch of killer features. The same implemented on the third-gen iPad, which probably boasting a pack of new hardware in the form of an LTE chip, quad-core GPU and iSight camera and featuring a 9.7-inch screen.
Windows 8 has already have been popular, specially over the first half of 2012, and there’s is lots of pressure on the Software maker to come up with plethora of features with the end-user release, and the hype will be as much on the manufacturers of Windows 8-complaint PCs and notebooks to ship the goods as Apple continues to make more significant progress in the computer and notebooks market with Ultrabooks of 2800 x 1800 resolution.