It might be a while before most apps are rewritten to take advantage of the new Retina display MacBook Pro, but Google isn’t waiting. According to Anandtech, the nightly-build channel of Google’s Chrome browser — Chrome Canary — already includes basic support for the 2880 x 1800 pixel display, rendering text and images much more sharply. Canary isn’t “the next version” of Chrome, as some reports have it; it’s the bleeding-edge development version that trades stability for new features.

Of course, those lucky few who will be receiving their new MacBook Pros early next week have other options for apps that aren’t Retina-happy. Apple’s provided a number of scaling options that will allow users to view a variety of apps and sites in the best possible light.

The regular build of Chrome will be Retina-happy pretty soon, though. Writing on the Google Chrome Blog, “Chief Apple Polisher” Nico Weber says that “We have further to go over the next few weeks, but we’re off to the races to make Chrome as beautiful as it can be.” There’s a reason for that; despite the escalation in tensions between Apple and Google, a lot of Google employees use MacBooks.

[via Electronista]

Forthcoming Chrome browser update to support Retina display on MacBook Pro originally appeared on TUAW – The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Thu, 14 Jun 2012 12:45:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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