Avatron has just updated their popular wireless display app with Retina support for the new iPad, as well as support for HiDPI mode on the Mac – a pretty awesome update that brings a whole new resolution-independent way to view your Mac.
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.
Using ‘Air Display’, you can turn your new iPad into a super high quality external display for your Mac, giving you Retina quality when using your Mac. This certainly looks pretty awesome, as your iPad acts just like any other normal secondary display would, with one major difference: it can render graphical and text in double resolution (HiDPI), turning your iPad into an ultra-sharp extra display for any Mac.
So if size doesn’t matter and you’re looking for a bit of extra display space, this definitely looks worth it. Plus, you’ll really benefit from the Retina display, even though it probably will appear noticeably better than the display on your Mac.
MacStories has had some useful hands-on experience with the new HiDPI mode, so it’s definitely worth checking out their article if you’d like to know more about using Air Display in this way.
The updated version of Air Display is available now as a free update for existing Air Display owners, and can be purchased from the App Store for $9.99 for new users (App Store link)