Here's what the Retina MacBook Pro's secret 3840 x 2160 resolution looks like

The Retina MacBook Pro is all about the resolution, baby. The problem is that OS X only gives you access to four options.

In November 2012 I wrote a piece about how to get the most out of your Retina MacBook Pro display . In it I complained about how Apple dumbed down the Displays System Preference to this:  

Get the most from your MacBook's Retina Display - Jason O'Grady

To remedy Apple's resolution snubbing, I recommended a fabulous little utility called Retina DisplayMenu (RDM) from Paul Griffin (a.k.a. Reddit user "phoenixdev"). RDM runs as a menu bar item and gives you the option of selecting from 29 monitor resolution choices on the fly, which beats the pants off of four. It's incredibly handy for switching resolutions between say, reading content and a writing project that requires multiple windows be open side-by-side. 

Having just taken delivery of a "Late 2013" MacBook Pro 13-inch (with 16GB and 1TB SSD ) I re-installed RDM out of a renewed frustration with Apple's limited resolution options. In addition to the 11 readable "HiDPI" options, the developer also includes 18 more "scaled" resolution options that range from huge (640 x 480) to unreadable (3841 x 2160). 

The developer notes that RDM (v0.2) is still under development provided without warranty or support (the source code is available inside the app bundle.) RDM is free, although it could easily fetch a buck or two in the Mac App Store. 

And, in case you were wondering what 3840 x 2160 resolution looks like, here's a screenshot of six web pages open side by side -- reduced to 620 pixels wide for the ZDNet CMS. (Here's the high-res version.) 

The Retina MacBook Pro's secret 3840 x 2160 resolution - Jason O'Grady
(Picture: Jason O'Grady)