WordPress.com Goes Mac Retina; Launches Jetpack 1.6 with Retina Support for Self-hosted Blogs

Apple introduced a new Retina Macbook Pro back in June--basically Apple took the clarity of the retina screen and brought it to full 15″ laptop.The one disadvantage is that many apps, and most websites, don't have high-resolution equivalents of all their graphics to take advantage of the new screen, so they get "doubled" and look […]

WordPress logo on Mac Retina

Apple introduced a new Retina Macbook Pro back in June--basically Apple took the clarity of the retina screen and brought it to full 15″ laptop.

The one disadvantage is that many apps, and most websites, don't have high-resolution equivalents of all their graphics to take advantage of the new screen, so they get "doubled" and look fuzzy, they stand out like a sore thumb.

Today, the entire WordPress.com including dashboard, and all WordPress.com hosted blogs updated to take advantage of this new Retina capability. \

The "above screen shot shows how WordPress.com logo look on a HiDPI device compared to a regular display."

With that, "all of your blog posts will now serve high-resolution images for users that can see them, at least the images that we host," Stated Matt Mullenweg.

Adding, since "we create all images dynamically on the fly, what we do is if you've uploaded a higher resolution photo and sized it down, we'll serve a double-size so it looks super sharp to those visitors," Mullenweg added.

Also, WordPress.com has completely revamped its "Gravatars" to be Retina-ready, and made it so that all Gravatars across WordPress.com are HiDPI as well.

For those on self-hosted WordPress, Mullenweg says, they have released the feature through "Jetpack."

Here is what is news?

  • "We've updated all the icons in Jetpack, including the Sharing ones, all the dashboard graphics, to be HiDPI (see pic embedded below).
  • Many retina updates for core weren't ready for the 3.4 release, so we've bundled a hotfix that brings all the Retina improvements for 3.5 to Jetpack blogs, today. You won't have to wait for December 5th to get all the improvements, download or update Jetpack.
  • All Gravatars, mshots, and images embedded from *.files.wordpress.com will show up high-resolution.
  • Finally as a bonus, this release includes the much-requested Pinterest share buttons," Mullenweg informed.

WordPress icons on Mac Retina