If you’ve already gotten your hands on one of Apple’s new Retina MacBook Pros, you’ve probably noticed that while Apple’s pre-installed apps look gorgeous, many third-party apps look pixelated or blurry. The reason is that most developers haven’t had a chance to update their apps with high resolution images to optimize the for a Retina display.
Unfortunately, that may be something you have to tolerate for a while. According to MacWorld, it may take some time before many developers update their apps. Adobe and AutoDesk, for instance (both mentioned during the WWDC 2012 keynote), are both working on Retina versions of their apps, but they aren’t expecting to release anything until later this year.
Macworld, paraphrasing AutoDesk’s product manager for AutoCAD, Rob Maguire:
Maguire said his company needed to test the updated app on the new MacBook Pro, which it had only limited access to until recently. One particular concern for Autodesk is making sure that users with multi-monitor setups can drag an AutoCAD window from a Retina display to a standard-definition display and back again, without bugs cropping up.
While professional apps such as AutoCAD may take several months to optimize for the new MacBook Pro’s Retina display, some simpler third-party apps are ready to handle the Redina display already, while additional apps will begin supporting the new higher-resolution display over time.
While this is mixed news for those who excitedly purchased the Retina MacBook as soon as it was available, this is one of the sorts of things early adopters often have to deal with. With any luck, however, your favorite apps will all be ready soon!