In March, reports started appearing that suggested Apple’s 2012 laptops will feature Retina Display screens. “Supply chain” sources have now joined these voices, suggesting that both the 2012 MacBook Pro and Air will feature these high pixel density displays.
According to 9to5Mac, the next Macbook Air laptops will launch at WWDC in June. They won’t chuck out the beautifully-slim design of the current models, but will feature Retina Display screens according to the latest hot-off-the-plate rumours. Although not an actual technology as such, “Retina Display” has become an important concept in tech.
The term was coined at the launch of the iPhone 4, thanks to its wonderful little screen. Retina Displays are all about packing in so many pixels that you can’t see individual ones. Of course, if a MacBook Air was to be as pixel-packed as an iPhone 4, it’d need to have a ridiculous resolution way, way above 1080p, but it’s not quite that simple. As laptop screens are used further away from your eyes than a smartphone, the pixel density doesn’t need to be quite as high – that’ll be Apple’s approach, at any rate.
Set to arrive in 11.2in and 13.3in iterations, the new MacBook Airs will reportedly feature Intel Ivy Bridge processors, and larger batteries to compensate for the battery demands of a higher-resolution screen. Rather like the iPad, they’ll probably have to gain a few grammes as a result.
WWDC kicks off on June 11 in San Francisco. Alongside the new MacBook laptops, iOS 6 is also expected to launch.