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Air Display gets update for HiDPI OS X mode on iPad 3

Avatron have updated their Air Display software, available now on the App Store for $9.99. This allows users to set up the new iPad as a 1024×768 HiDPI display to display high resolution elements and text available in OS X Lion.

We know the new iPad display runs at 2048×1536, meaning Air Display should  in theory display a large OS X desktop, but at a very small physical size. Avatron have been working to make Air Display compatible with the high resolution HiDPI mode that is built into OS X, but hasn’t received any focus from Apple in their online literature yet. Apple has in fact kept the HiDPI feature disabled by default because no screen as yet offers an ultra high resolution ‘Retina’ display that could use it.

The company say “If you have Mac OS X Lion and a Retina iOS device, now you can turn on “HiDPI mode.” HiDPI is a built-in Mac OS X feature that makes UI elements render at double resolution. It’s absolutely stunning on a Retina display. By default, Mac OS X disables HiDPI because until now, there has been no Mac display with high enough resolution. Air Display on a new iPad, with its 2048×1536 264-dpi Retina display, finally brings HiDPI to life.”

MacStories have details on the new version, saying that the latest version works really well without compress visible or lag when windows are still. Sadly when moving windows around the screen the resolution is reduced as the application works to keep up with the on screen movements. They say that viewing static content via the application delivers ‘incredible image quality’.

The software is compatible with the majority of Apple computers running OSX Snow Leopard, or later. You can get it now from the Apple App Store.

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