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Apple including 1024x1024 icons in Lion

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]

by MacNN Staff



  1. Salty

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Sad Part

    Sad part is the only place you'll be able to buy a display where this matters will be at an Apple Store because everyone else is still selling monitors that top out at 1080.

  1. Peter Bonte

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Resolution and not 3D

    The next revolution isn't 3D but ultra high resolution screens and Apple isn't the first to have them, we're still waiting for a OS that can utilize these screens and a pricedrop.

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  1. facebook_Colin

    Via Facebook

    Joined: Apr 2011


    Nice, but...

    just one question: Why would I need an icon with such a big size?

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  1. PassionForGod

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Nice icon

    But who would want a icon that big on their desktop?

    -Live your life for God.. and God will lead your life to a world full of LOVE and true HAPPINESS.

  1. glowingcactus

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Disk space

    That is 4 MB! Remember the days when Apps were called Applications and they could fit on a 1.4MB floppy disk?

  1. facebook_Imran

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    Joined: Apr 2011


    The Icon is this big because

    When you have displays with a 4K resolution the size of the icon will look the same size as it does on your current display. But because the display will have a higher pixel density everything will look sharp like on the iphone retina display.

    If Apple did not make its icons this big at 1024x1024 the icons would look really tiny on such a high resolution display

  1. Peter Bonte

    Joined: Dec 1969


    vector based icons?

    I don' know what is worse, bitmap icons eating up cheap disk space or vector icons eating up expensive CPU cycles. A can imagine a 1000+ item folder loading really slow with vector based- or HD icons, a possible solution could be to render smaller icons based on the screen-size so that vector- and HD icons don't have to be used unnecessary.

  1. charlituna

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Retina Display

    This term is just fancy talk for a display that has over 300dpi (which was achieved on the iphone 4 by increasing the pixel density by a factor of 4). Every Mac Display has that covered already and has for a while.

  1. Haywire

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Big Suckers

    These icons are bigger than an entire XGA display (1024 x 768), and about 4 time bigger than VGA (640 x 480).

    You'd be mousing like crazy on an old display if these icons got used by accident. :)

  1. Cronocide

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Oh yea!

    Print one of those out and put it on my wall!

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