Apple To Launch Retina Display MacBook Pro With 2880×1800 Resolution In 2012 [Rumor]

Apple To Launch Retina Display MacBook Pro With 2880×1800 Resolution In 2012 [Rumor]

Never mind a Retina display iPad, Apple has something special up its sleeve for next year. According to sources within the company’s supply chain, a Retina display MacBook Pro with a display resolution of 2880×1800 is coming during the second quarter of 2012.

DigiTimes reports:

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.

That’s double the resolution and four times the number of pixels within the existing 15-inch MacBook Pro, which boasts a display with 1440×900 pixels. As MacRumors notes, that makes it easy for application developers to scale their existing artwork.

Following the introduction of the Retina display iPhone 4 last year, we’ve been expecting Apple to introduce high-resolution displays to most of its products, with the iPad next in line. It seemed inevitable that Macs would also get a Retina display — with HiDPI modes already supported in OS X Lion —  but we didn’t expect to see them as early as next year.

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  • Dale

    Please I hope this is true! My 2008 MBP is ready to retire! The only reason ive been holding out to get as new one is ive been waiting for a HD display MBP!

  • Richard Mears

    As early as the technology allows – If Ivy Bridge makes this possible, without compromising battery life – bring it on!

  • TGoosh

    ok so if i was gonna buy a 13 MBP for somebody for christmas, should i just hold out now? especially if their birthday is in Feb?

  • Goldie20

    1680 x 1050 optional screen isn’t HD enough?

    Resolution independence has been “coming soon to Mac OS X” since 2005.

    How soon will all the apps be rewritten to take advantage of this scalability?

  • Joram Oudenaarde

    Imagine the videocard required to use such a display and still be able to play a game (at native resolution) or run heavy software… good rumor and I wish it would happen in 2012, but I don’t think it’s very viable at this moment.

  • Cold_dead_fingers

    Well, running the OS GUI on native resolution wouldn’t be difficult; however, running a game at the resolution would cause some issue. Having said that, you’d probably play at 720p or lower anyways because that’s pretty much what Macs have been able to handle. In any case, Apple doesn’t have a focus on intensive games ATM. The focus more on little time killing games that get ported from iOS, like Angry Birds.

  • Cold_dead_fingers

    Also forgot to mention that the GPU included with Ivy Bridge CPUs – Intel Graphics 4000(?) – is said to support hi resolutions

  • Cold_dead_fingers

    Um all macs have HD displays. I believe they start at 1280×800. HD starts at 1280×720. That means Every Mac has an HD display. Now, if you’re talking about the typical 1080p, 720p resolutions, then, no, Apple won’t do this. The resolution specified above is the same aspect ratio as the current MacBook line, aside from the 11.6″ MacBook Air.

  • csman

    Coming soon to your favorite Apple Store: the iMagnify designer glasses! For those special places in your Macbook display you want to reach. :D

  • Christopher Lee

    the resolution would double, but so would the size of all UI elements. so on the balance, they would be the same size, but much much sharper.

    (and yes i know there’s a debate about “quadrupling” or “resolution doubling in both dimensions” both the fact of the matter is resolution refers to pixels per inch and that number is doubling)

  • Mike Rathjen

    Many people play Windows games on their Macs.

  • RyanTV

    Historically, MBP updates happen around march/april. If you can hold out till then – wait.

  • Hampus

    Unless they plan on doing a Macbook pro with a 7 or 9 inch display that wouldn’t be a retina display…

  • imajoebob

    Wow.  That’s about the time frame I expect to (finally) replace my PowerBook.  The biggest concern I have is the pricing.  Unless Apple replaces all the MBP displays with Retinas, this is going to cost more.  A whole LOT more.

  • Mudi Foxx

    1440×900 is not much to boast about. 

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