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SOFTWARE DEVELOPER Apple has started seeding its Mac OS X Mavericks 10.9.3 beta to developers, which reportedly will be an interesting release for those who own a 4K display.
Although not disclosed in Apple’s release notes, 9to5Mac has discovered that Mac OS X 10.9.3 delivers support for those who have their Macbook hooked up to a 4K display.
Macbook owners running Mac OS X 10.9.3 will be able to set their 4K displays to run the operating system at a pixel-doubled ‘Retina’ resolution, resulting in much sharper content on the bigger screen. Before this update, content from the Macbook will have showed up only at a larger scale with window elements spread out.
What’s more, the software update – which likely won’t be released for a few weeks yet – allows the Retina display Macbook Pro to support 4K displays with a refresh rate of 60Hz, which likely will make the display look much smoother compared to output at refresh rates of 24Hz or 30Hz.
9to5Mac gave the new feauture a spin, concluding, “Our tests connected a late-2013 MacBook Pro with Retina display to a 4K Seiki monitor over HDMI. Running OS X pixel-doubled on a 4K display means content is much sharper than before. It is the same as running a Retina MacBook Pro at standard Retina resolution or as using a Retina iPhone or iPad.”
This news also seems to suggest that Apple will release a 4K resolution display at some point this year, although the company has yet to announce that it will. According to rumours, however, the firm is developing “high resolution standalone displays”.