Judging by the extreme success the new iPad has seen, thanks to its wonderful Retina Display, the following news makes absolute sense. Apparently, Apple is looking to implement the Retina technology in next generation iMacs and MacBooks Pro. Some of us might not consider Retina Display to have quite a big impact while others think Retina Display doesn’t matter to the entire audience. But I am sure that Apple lovers would absolutely love to have a MacBook Pro or iMac with a resolutionary display.
Retina Display on Cards for MacBook Pro and iMac
Joanna Stern of ABC News is the one who first attracted the attention on the subject at matter:
“The laptop will see the introduction of the “Mac Retina Display,” which is said to have a very high resolution. ABC News has similarly heard from its own sources that both the next MacBook Pro and the iMac would be getting very, very high resolution displays. Apple refreshed its new iPad with a Retina Display in March”
Various sources were already circulating around the idea that Apple might be willing to switch from AMD chips to the latest more advanced NVIDIA chips. Now, ABC News and others claim that the Cupertino group is certainly going to be adopting the NVIDIA option and even discloses the fact that the NVIDIA “Kepler” will be the choice for the next generation Macs. On the other side of camp, the GeFore FT 650M is the most likely candidate to breathe life into the new MacBook Pro and iMac.
But if iMacs do get the retina display treatment, what would the resolution supposed to be? Somewhere 3200 x 2000 maybe? These numbers were calculated based on a very ingenuous idea that basically doubles screen resolutions. This is exactly what Apple did when introduced the retina in the iPhone 4 and doubled the iPhone 3GS’s one.
Huge Resolution for Apple’s Devices
The idea is that a Retina Display applied on a Mac might cause all the UI elements to shrink quite noticeably so developers might feel they were actually working in Lilliput land. The solution would be to apply the same strategy as Apple did with the iPhone 4. So, let’s make some calculations and predictions. Working with the scenario, we find that the 15-inch MacBook Pro might sport a screen resolution of 2880 x 1800 pixels, almost the double of its 1440 x 900.
The 17-inch MacBook Pro would wind up having a 3490 x 2400, compared to the 1920 x 1200 it has now. The 27-inch iMac will jump to 5120 x 2880, leaving behind the 2560 x 1440 it has now. Adding such a high resolution to Macs will mean that Apple will most definitely have to adopt more powerful CPUs and GPUs. The new models of MacBookPro and iMac will come packing HiDPI displays which will probably translate into retina displays.
If you are curious about more details, unfortunately there aren’t so many. Rumors envision the release date of the next generation Macs somewhere in June but we can’t be certain at this point. Several authorized retail partners have reported that the MacBook Pro is out of stock, thus prompting rumors that the new MacBook Pro is on its way to the market. Maybe the Apple WorldWide Developer Conference next month will bring us more answers.