Retina Display MacBooks to Possibly Release this Summer
According to a source who spoke to the folks over at Ars Technica
, double-resolution icons were found in “unexpected places” of the Mountain Lion OS. This leads to the suggestion of Apple possibly releasing Retina display MacBooks as early as this summer.
One of the double-resolution icons that was found was in the new Messages application. Some of the icons found were displaying at twice their normal size. Their appearance in the latest build of Mountain Build led the source to suggest that new MacBooks equipped with Retina displays could appear as soon as this summer and coincide with the release of Mac OS X 10.8.
The evidence of Retina display Macs began to arise in February when Apple released OS X 10.7.3 with new high-DPI user interface elements. More specifically, a number of cursors in the operating system were updated to scale to larger sizes on higher resolution screens. The Cupertino California company added HiDPI modes to OS X Lion last year but they were only accessible through Xcode. HiDPI is modeled after the UI resolution doubling that Apple does with its Retina display iOS devices.
The rumors of Apple preparing new iterations of its MacBook Pro lineup with double-resolution displays began to arise last year. The resulting display for a 15-inch MacBook Pro would be 2,880 by 1,800 pixels. The support for the higher resolution Macs will probably come with Intel’s net-generation Ivy Bridge processors. It is said that the Ivy Bridge processors will support up to the 4K resolution, allowing 4,096 by 4,096 pixels per monitor.
Source: Ars Technica