High Resolution Artwork Found in OS X Lion Points to Retina Display Macs

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High resolution artwork discovered in the latest build of Mac OS X Lion has generated rumors that Apple could be planning to bring a Retina display to the Mac. Preview 2 of Lion, which was released in late March, features icons in sizes up to 1024×1024, and a desktop background at a resolution of 3200×3200.

The new Lion wallpaper was discovered at the beginning of April by OSXDaily, and was noted for its ultra-high resolution which no Apple display has ever supported. The new icons – which are double the size of the current 512×512 Mac OS X icons – were discovered over the weekend by MacMagazine.com.br.

Considering there is currently no need for icons or wallpapers of this size, these discoveries would suggest Apple is working on bringing a better display to the Mac. MacRumors notes that Apple has built-in Support for HiDPI display modes in Lion:

Taking cues from iOS, Apple has reportedly built in support for what it calls “HiDPI display modes”. These HiDPI modes allow developers to supply 2x-enlarged images to support double-high resolution displays. Like the iPhone 4’s Retina Display, this means that user interface elements will remain the same size, but everything will be twice the resolution and therefore twice as detailed.

While a Retina display Mac would be pretty neat, I would much prefer one in my iPad first.

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  • TylerHoj

    Make me drool why don’t you. OMFG, what I would DO for one of these mythical beasts!

  • Charles

    More like what wouldn’t I do! *Drools*

  • Toersnorkel

    Why would you need such a high resolution?
    I don’t need it on my Mac now, and I do not see the need for it on my iPad either.
    Just because you can, does no mean you have to.

  • Neil

    Last time I checked,1024×1024 was four times 512×512.

  • CharliK

    what is a Retina Display? Anything with a DPI over 300. Guess what, you already have a ‘Retina Display’ computer.

  • Yacko

    1920 x 1200 doubled linearly would be 3840 x 2400 and if such a display exists, maybe Wall Street traders have it and it would set you back at least $5000, maybe double that given the currently tiny market. So what you might likely have to do is whack some guy.

  • HammyHavoc

    Have you seen an iPhone 4? They are sharp as heck.

  • The?

    Imagine an iMac 27-inch with a retina display…

    WOW!

    …Imagine the price too!

  • Geert

    When the first rumors about Retina for iPhone appeared, I didn’t believe them either because I thought the added value would not weigh up against the costs.

    But I was very wrong. Retina is very useful on iPhone 4.

    Of course, a Mac screen has a greater distance. But I still tend to believe this rumor.

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