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03-22-2012, 11:49 AM
Air Display app will allow it


The new iPad becomes a HiDPI display to be used with your Mac. All thanks to the Air Display app.

The developers of the popular Air Display app for iOS are updating it with the release of the new iPad.

Now, the new features include the possibility to use the device as a HiDPI external display for every Mac out there.

Here is what they are saying

After Apple announced the new iPad on March 9, we worked like mad to add Retina resolution to Air Display. We got done in time, but of course we couldnít ship the Air Display update until we had tested on a real iPad. Just in case.

It worked like a charm in the iPad simulator. Unfortunately when we got our new iPads and tested performance, we realized that the 4x increase in pixel count was killing our frame rates. So our engineers rushed back to the laboratory to experiment with codec settings, image filters, color spaces, threaded decompression, and god-knows-what-else.

Frame Rates

Finally weíve got it working with good speed. Whatís more, through all of this performance tuning and profiling, weíre delivering dramatically better frame rates on other devices as well. Especially the iPad 2 and iPhone 4S, which have dual-core CPU like the new iPad.

Not only that, but this update will let you take advantage of Retina resolutions on iPhone 4 and 4S as well. And by the way, you can


So you will be able to use your new iPad as a 2048x1536 computer monitor. But thatís not all! On Mac OS X Lion or Mountain Lion, youíll be able to turn on HiDPI mode. HiDPI is a hidden feature in Mac OS X that renders with double-resolution on a double-resolution screen.

To turn on HiDPI, you just go to the Displays Preferences and select 1024x768 (HiDPI).

HiDPI has been shipping with Mac OS X for some time. But it isnít enabled in the System Preferences, because until now there hasnít been a mass-produced computer display with high enough resolution to do it justice. Thatís where Air Display and the new iPad come in.

The App update is under Apple's approval process but it expected to be released soon.


APPLE APP STORE: http://itunes.apple.com/app/air-display/id368158927?ign-mpt=uo%3D6&mt=8

NEWS SOURCE: Air display on the third generation iPad (via) Avatron (http://blog.avatron.com/post/19668140022/air-display-on-the-third-generation-ipad)

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