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Is there any way to increase the native resolution of the Macbook Air from it's current 1440 x 900 setting? On my old Retina Pro fro example the maximum 'supported' resolution was 1920 x 1200 however through third party software this could be increased, obviously it's a different Macbook with different specs including no dedicated graphics but i was hoping it could be done perhaps a step up to 1680x1050? I will be using it plugged into a monitor at some point when i can afford to but until then this is it.

asked Jan 04 '13 at 13:18

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edited Jan 04 '13 at 15:29

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The reason you could use software to increase the resolution on your old Mac pro was that the real resolution was much higher than 1920 x 1200 that is just what the Mac ran at so everything was not really small and then if you run a program that supports the new resolution then it would switch to the high res that the program you had did. Now the problem with the Mac Air is 1440 x 900 is the highest resolution is can support that is the number of pixels in the display there is no increasing that. The Mac Pro has a higher pixel amount so it can go higher.

answered Jan 04 '13 at 14:11

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so will i only get 1440 x 900 when plugging it into an external monitor that supports a higher resolution?

(Jan 04 '13 at 14:24) mutley2209 mutley2209's gravatar image

If you plug it into a different monitor then you can do up to that new monitors max resolution.

(Jan 04 '13 at 15:27) TheTechDude TheTechDude's gravatar image

To piggy back off of @TheTechDude 's answer; You may be able to find software to force it to run at a higher resolution than its native resolution but you'll loose quality immensely. You'll literally have some parts that just can't be displayed so they get ignored. I would highly recommend you not do this even if you see the software somewhere.

(Jan 04 '13 at 22:04) Zbob750 Zbob750's gravatar image

You cannot increase the native resolution of a display as the native resolution is the resolution at which you get a 1 to 1 pixel mapping.

You however can replace the LCD panel with a higher resolution one, for example suppose a laptop maker has a model with a 1440x900 panel but offers a option to upgrade to a 1920x1200 panel of the same size, then you can purchase the higher res panel from ebay, then sell the old panel and upgrade.

answered Jan 04 '13 at 22:40

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