We had heard plenty of rumours and seen leaked spec sheets claiming Apple’s new MacBook range would sport super high-resolution ‘Retina’ displays, and now that’s as close to cast in stone as it’s possible to get without having seen the actual evidence. The Folderwatch App in the Mac App Store has been updated to support “Retina graphics”, and though this could apply to iMacs only, it’s highly unlikely.
Along with the supposed transitions to thinner MacBook Pros with USB 3.0 (finally) on board, ‘Retina’ screens should make Apple’s top-end laptops even more appealing than they already are. Currently, the 15in MacBook Pro sports a screen resolution of 1,440 x 900 as standard that’s upgradeable to 1,680 x 1,050. With many other high-end Windows laptops of this size offering Full HD or higher (1,920 x 1,200), Apple is well behind the curve here.
However, if the fruity company gives its Macs the ‘invisible pixel’ treatment (because they become too small to distinguish at such high resolutions), it will be leading the field, as it currently does for the tablet market with its 2,048 x 1,536 new iPad. The most important question then becomes, what will the Retina MacBook resolution actually be?
Apple can’t go with 2,048 x 1,536 as that aspect ratio isn’t wide enough. If it’s doubling the current MacBook Pro 15in that would give us 2,880 x 1,800, but we don’t think this is very likely. Rather, we’re guessing we might see the same 2,560 x 1,440 as on the 27in iMac, which would give the screen a PPI of around 188.
Mind you, if we’re being cynical a 1,920 x 1,200 resolution would already give a PPI of 147 compared to the iPhone 4S’ 329 PPI and iPad’s 214 PPI, and as the descending pixels per inch matches increased distance from your eyes, it’s not beyond the realm of possibility.
On the other hand, we might hope to see the 3,840 x 2,160 – four times the resolution of Full HD – which has already been confirmed for 30in monitor displays, though that’s unlikely to the point of absurdity and wouldn’t necessarily be ideal as it would require a lot of extra power to run.
What are your thoughts and which resolution would be your ideal for the various MacBook and iMac sizes? Let us know in the comments.