Sure, what’s under the hood may be similar, but how we use each interface is a vastly different experience, not fully limited to point and click vs. touch the screen. In recent years Apple has dumbed-down OS X a bit to make it more palatable and familiar to iOS users who decide to buy a Mac. Here’s an example.
We Don’t Need No Stinkin’ Screen Controls
iPhone and iPad users get mostly fullscreen applications and resolution isn’t easily changed (if it is, I’ve never seen it) despite the higher resolution screens. The Mac is different. You can change the screen’s resolution, but even that has been dumbed down a bit. For example, where are the screen resolutions in the Mac’s System Preferences > Display settings?
Maybe it’s the geek in me but I miss those screen resolution numbers and settings.
Here’s how to get them back. All you need is the Displays app on your Mac. It sits in the Menubar so you’re just a click away from changing the screen’s resolution.
How easy is this?
Every Mac screen varies a bit as to resolution and options but Displays has that figured out, and even lists some hidden resolutions not displayed by OS X’s Display preferences.
Got a Mac with an external display? No problemo, amigo. Displays handles whatever is attached to your Mac. Just click the Menubar icon, select the resolution for that display, and you’re good to go.
Can’t remember all those resolution numbers?
Displays lets you identify a specific resolution with a custom label instead of resolution numbers. They can even be grouped by Retina or non-Retina.
Considering the ridiculously low price tag on Displays there are plenty of useful functions and Preferences. Like what? Like Night Mode; a clever way to rest your eyes as the screen’s brightness is diminished (even on Mac screens which don’t support a brightness control).
Displays has a picture-in-picture mode for Macs with multiple displays. That means your MacBook will display a picture on the Mac’s screen of whatever is on the larger connected screen so you can monitor (especially useful when an external display or screen is in another room, or is a widescreen TV used for presentations).
See? Cool. But there’s more. Displays can rotate your screen, let you find the screen pointer easier, and has keyboard shortcuts to change resolution and startup the night mode.
What’s not to like? The first negative is that it doesn’t support AirPlay, but that’s a nit because I use HDMI from Mac to TV. All this for a few bucks. The second negative is there’s no try-before-you-buy trial version, but it’s priced so low, who cares?