updated 03:35 am EDT, Sun April 24, 2011
Apple bringing Retina displays to Macs?
The developer releases of Apple's upcoming Mac OS X Lion OS have yielded more hints about Apple's likely plans for displays with high pixel densities. While it is known that Mac OS X Lion packs ultra-high resolution support, it is now apparent that the icons in Lion will also be much higher resolution at 1024x1024. This is up from a previous maximum of 512x512.
Apple has included support for what it calls "HiDPI display modes" in Lion that will retain icon interface elements at the same size, while significantly increasing the overall display resolution. This is much like the way the Retina Display works in the iPhone 4. Although it has a much higher resolution and pixel density, the icons remain the same size as previous iPhone's with the same screen size, although at lower resolutions.
This finding suggests that Apple is planning to bring Retina-type displays to its Mac line of desktops and notebooks that could have twice the resolution of its current most high-resolution display. [via Macrumors]