Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) released its Retina Display on its newest MacBook Pro model. It is (by miles) the highest-resolution screen in the market, a 2,880-by-1800 pixel dynamo that has taken computer screens to a whole new level. Sadly, for many current applications – like web browsers – that whole new level had been a level above the capabilities of everyone else.
State-of-the-art on steroids, you know. In June, Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) resolved to start a process of developing a new version of its Chrome browser to fully support Apple’s Retina Display. Prior versions had looked fuzzy on a Retina Display, almost like a photo that was blown up a little too large, where one can see the blemishes and the lack of focus.
Well, not anymore, Chrome has now been shined. Google announced Tuesday that it has now re-worked the latest Chrome browser version to be compatible with Apple’s Retina display. This upgrade smoothes out those fuzzy, grainy edges and makes Chrome brighter and easier to read on the super-high-res displays – and of course, now for all the other “mortal” screens in the market
It is the highlight feature of the new version of Chrome, but that is just the start of the goodies added. Google also said that the latest Chrome also gives users the ability to grant web appplications access to your microphone or camera without having to load a plug-in.
But if that isn’t enough to get you going to download the latest version of Chrome, then there is this – Sketchbots. This is a feature that allows the user to take a picture of him or herself, and the phtot is converted into a line drawing that is sent to the Science Museum in Londom. The robots there then convert your image into a drawing in a patch of sand, and the user can see it happen live on YouTube while visitors at the museum witness it first-hand.
Retina Display support is the next step in Google marrying its technology with Apple’s innovations. But hey, what about the cool sketching robots?