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Tuesday, March 13, 2012, 05:24 am PT (08:24 am ET)

How to preview the Retina display enhanced Apple.com in Safari on Mac or PC

Apple's official website has been quietly updated to take advantage of the Retina display on the new iPad. Users can preview the higher-resolution site now with a simple tweak in Apple's Safari desktop Web browser.

As AppleInsider first reported earlier Tuesday, Apple has begun upgrading portions of its website with high-resolution images that are large enough to fit on the third-generation iPad's Retina display. These images can currently be found on the Apple.com homepage, as well as the iPad portion of the site.

Though it was previously believed that users needed to enable HiDPI resolutions with developer tools on their Mac to view these images, there is a workaround that will allow any desktop Safari user to view the Retina display enhanced images on Apple.com. The method was first discovered by Macotakara.

To do this, in Safari choose Preferences, then Advanced and check the option "Show Develop menu in menu bar." Users can then right-click on the Apple.com homepage and choose "Inspect Element."

From there, choose the "Console" option to the far right, paste the following, and press return:
AC.ImageReplacer._devicePixelRatio = 2
new AC.ImageReplacer()

The Safari developer console should then respond with "klass." the "Inspect Element" menu can now be closed. Then, under View, choose Zoom In.

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Above: Regular Apple.com. Below: Enhanced for the new iPad's Retina display.


With this method, users of both Mac and Windows can get a close-up look at the graphics that are designed to take advantage of the Retina display on Apple's new iPad, set to launch this Friday. Zooming in on the image on the main page with the Retina display enhanced images shows the text remains crisp. Users can then refresh the page and zoom in without the tweak enabled to see how the image text displays jaggy edges when it isn't enhanced for the new iPad.

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Above: Apple's regular iPad features site. Below: Sharper text from the enhanced site.


The Retina display enhanced graphics are also visible with the images and text on the iPad section of Apple.com. To view them, repeat the steps above when at the URL apple.com/ipad or any of its subsections.