Rumours have surfaced in the electronics industry that Apple are readying the release of a high-res MacBook Pro line-up with a Retina Display of 2,880 by 1,800 pixels – double the quality of the current screen.
The report was published in Taiwanese Technology magazine, DigiTimes, who claim their sources have indicated the upgraded MacBook will hit the shelves in the second quarter of 2012, sometime around summer. The high-resolution display is expected to set off a new round of competition for panel specifications in the notebook industry.
If the rumours are correct the new high-res screens will be rolled out on the line up of MacBook Pro models which currently carry a standard resolution of 1440×900 pixels. The resolution on the new display is twice as powerful and developers claim will increase the number of pixels fourfold, notably elaborating the quality of artwork, photos and visuals.
The DigiTimes report reads: “While the prevailing MacBook Models have display resolutions 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.”
Inside sources have revealed that the American multimedia leaders are set to use Intel´s new Ivy Bridge processor which supports a 4096×4096 resolution which will be boosted by Apple´s new HiDPI mode in Lion which has the capability of doubling the standard resolution. The Mac makers have already added an ultra high resolution artwork mode to Lion which offers desktop images at 3200×2000 pixels.
The Apple rumours come shortly after Microsoft announced their intentions to develop support for high dpi monitors in Windows 8, due for release later this year – around the same time as the upgraded 15” MacBook is expected! Microsoft´s new platform comes will touch-screen capabilities and will change the way you use your home computers.
Adding weight to the rumours of an improved Retina Display for the MacBook Pro is the fact that Apple´s rivals are scrambling to improve their own models. It has been reported that both Acer and Asustek are paving the way to launch high-end UltraBooks with display resolutions of 1,920×1080, an improvement on the existing resolutions of 1366×768.
Apple has already introduced its improved Retina Display branding with the iPhone 4 earlier this year and recent reports suggest the iPad makers also have plans to increase the resolution of its next-generation tablet due for release in early 2012.
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