I have tried to install Elementary OS Freya using a USB drive on my MacBook Pro (Retina, 13-inch, Early 2015) but the laptop doesn't recognize the bootable USB.

Many times I thought it could the the drive, so I use another ones, and re-made several times the image with no luck. Non the laptop or the Startup Disk utility found the drive as bootable.

Today, I just tested the same USB Drive on another Early 2015 and on a Late 2013.

For my surprise, the USB drive is ok and is working "fine" on the Late 2013, but it didn't work on the another Early 2015.

What's going on with those models?

Also, as you may have noticed, I wrote fine whiting quotes, this is because when I booted the OS the UI was completely broken (looking huge) so i couldn't even use the OS on the Late 2013.

Is the development team aware of this issues?

  • Not entirely sure on this one as I am not too familiar with Mac systems and their BIOs but you may need to disable UEFI booting. I know that I was able to boot into the USB and install the OS but when I would reboot it would go to a grub screen. In which matter I had to reboot from USB in legacy and everything worked fine. Im not adding as an answer as im not positive, however this COULD be the issue. Dec 24, 2015 at 5:00
  • MacBooks use EFI by default, not just the Early 2015 so I think this shouldn't be the issue, must be something Apple did with Bootcamp 6, because now you don't have to use a USB drive to install Windows, you just need the iso and OS X will install the boot drivers in the HDD
    – Dave Gomez
    Dec 24, 2015 at 5:05

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HiDPI displays (like the one in your retina Macbook) aren't yet supported by elementary OS. You won't have a good time trying to install on this hardware. As you've noticed, the installer especially doesn't really behave properly here.

  • Thanks for your answer Daniel, but, are you guys planning supporting these kind of displays, because the Retina Display is kind of old now, and I know Ubuntu already support them.
    – Dave Gomez
    Dec 24, 2015 at 19:37
  • @DaveGomez Yes, it is something that we're actively working on :) Dec 24, 2015 at 19:59

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