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2012 MacBook Pro Models Will Sport 2880 x 1800 Retina Resolution Displays [DigiTimes]

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Digitimes is reporting via its anonymous sources in the supply chain that the 2012 MacBook Pros will sport Retina displays with a whopping 2880 x 1800 resolution. The report also claims that manufacturers like Acer and Asustek Computer are also planning to launch high-end notebooks having displays with resolutions as high as 1920 x 1080 pixel as compared to 1366 x 768 resolution displays which are typically found in their current models. Apple’s current lineup of MacBooks has displays with resolutions ranging from 1680 x 1050 to 1280 x 800.

Citing from the source:

“Apple is likely to launch its new MacBook Pro lineup with a display resolution of 2880 by 1800 in the second quarter of 2012, setting a new round of competition for panel specifications in the notebook industry, according to sources in the upstream supply chain.

While the prevailing MacBook models have displays with resolutions ranging from 1680 by 1050 to 1280 by 800, the ultra-high resolution for the new MacBook Pro will further differentiate Apple’s products from other brands, commented the sources.”

It is still too early to say whether these Retina resolution displays will be limited to 13″ / 15″ MacBook Pro models or they will also be included in the 17″ version (though it will be mind blowing to look at) but we can be certain of one thing that they won’t come any cheaper than the current models.

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  • No cheaper is tolerable, more expensive will be unforgivable. 

  • SteveHiggs

    Never before has resolution independence at an OS level been more important. Thankfully Apple has kept this in mind and most of Lion is vector based or at least scaleable (perhaps one reason why they’ve always been adamant about giant icons).

    However, while I’m not certain, I think some things (like the menu bar at the top of the screen) are still pixel based and would be damed small at a high resolution like this. I suspect they’ve thought of this but it sure shows a serious limitation for Windows eh? This kind of display on a Windows machine, or hell, just booting into Windows in Bootcamp will present an interface with rather tiny buttons etc. Maybe VMWare / Parallels will have to emulate a low resolution display for Windows virtual machines.

  • Anonymous

    Quite an odd resolution if you ask me. I figured they would’ve opted for 2560×1440 as it’s at least somewhat mainstream. Hopefully they scale this right and it doesn’t mean smaller icons overall. For example a 15″ 1080p PC the icons are super crisp but small. I think they should be smaller, but perhaps not a 1:1 ratio.

  • Anonymous

    Show me a credible source and I might take this rumor more seriously. A display like this is not practical.
    I don’t believe this, after all this is Digitimes we are talking about.

  • Christopher Jones

    Why is 2880 x 1800 so odd? It’s exactly double the resolution of their 15″ laptops (1440 x 900). Considering it seems Apple will be moving all their mobile devices towards Retina displays, why not their laptops? They are most certainly figuring out how to merge iOS and OSX together, while still respecting the medium without diluting either. I believe Apple is going in the direction of merging both design and OS into one consistent system, while still respecting form factor, power, size, and efficiency. This is something that Apple is very good at doing, and is really starting to show their talents in.

    If this rumor is true, and if they follow along with how they did the iPhone 4 RETINA jump (by just increasing pixel density, but not making the images smaller themselves), and most likely their iPads as well, why would it seem so odd to do the same with their laptops? I’m sure we can all see that their laptops/desktops are eventually gonna become touchscreen as well. Makes sense considering the way technology is going these days.

    Stay in the game, and accept growth. I am looking forward to each one of Apple’s steps, even anticipating them. Stay hungry, stay foolish my friends 🙂

  • Christopher Jones

    I understand your point about Windows and using it in a VM, but if Apple does what they did with the iPhone Retina display, they just increased the density, but did not decrease the size of images (otherwise that would have messed everything up!). I would think that just the way that they did with their iOS devices, they would do with their laptops, where if the Mac is in Retina mode (if you will) then anything that is not Retina-based will show normally (hence, double resolution, so it scales perfectly the way it should as if everything else was not in Retina-mode). If they go this route, however, it would be interesting and weird if you were to look at one part of your screen with it being Retina, them glancing over to an app (Windows in VM if you will) that is not Retina-based. After being so used to a Retina screen, you would certainly notice the difference. I have an iPhone 4, and I can notice immediately if an app was designed for the Retina display or not, because I am so used to the Retina now. I am definitely looking forward to Apple’s next moves in this area, for sure

  • Anonymous

    It’s odd because I’ve never heard of it before. I’m surprised they would stop at this resolution and not opt for 3840×2060 instead. Whatever is more common is cheaper to produce, so 2560×1440 would seam cheapest now and it’s pretty damn sharp. In any case this is going to be a stupid expensive option for quite a while.

  • Christopher Jones

    I don’t think it’ll make their laptops any more expensive, considering when they upgraded to the Retina with their iOS devices, the price never rose. Remember, Apple has a huge influence on technology these days, and for them to come across a 13″/15″/17″ Retina display would only take the proper willingness to invest (and we all know how much Apple invests, they invest so much that it really limits other companies supplies, and when they leave a certain company that they are getting a mass-load of one item from, that company then struggles to survive after, because Apple takes up to sometimes 70-80% of their production).

    I don’t think the prices for their laptops will rise, but I don’t think they will fall either, at least not for another couple years probably

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