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Rumor: Apple MacBook Pro with 2880x1800 display for 2012

updated 06:00 am EST, Wed December 14, 2011

Super hi-res MacBook Pro due in 2012?

Digitimes is reporting that Apple's expected refresh, and possibly redesign, of its MacBook Pro line in 2012 will feature display resolutions up to 2880x1800 pixels. Currently, the highest resolution on the 15-inch MacBook Pro line is 1680x1050 pixels, while the 17-inch model tops out at 1920x1200 pixels. Apple is known to have incorporated HiDPI capabilities into Mac OS X Lion code in a strong sign that Apple plans to shift to much higher resolution displays beyond the iPhone 4 and 4S Retina Display and the rumored 2048x1536 display headed for the iPad 3.

According to Digitimes sources, the move has set off a new round of competition in the upstream supply chain as manufacturers look to demonstrate that they can produce such displays with sufficient yields. While it is not clear which model the display is headed for, a true HiDPI display would have to be capable of mimicking the fourfold increase in resolution equivalent to scaling an app for the iPhone to the iPad.

Assuming that the hurdle of cost has been overcome, a 13-inch MacBook Pro would need a display capable of supporting at least 2560x1600 pixels in order to avoid pitfalls for app developers in developing apps that can scale properly. The rumored resolution exceeds the minimum requirements to achieve a HiDPI display on the 13-inch model. Other technical issues that need to be overcome include slow response times, high performance GPUs and a large amount of RAM to properly handle image frame buffers.

by MacNN Staff





  1. drumrobot

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Not gonna hppn.

    Way too expnsive.

  1. Eriamjh

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Being it on.

    Let the naysayers say nay. It can be done. But at what cost?

  1. chefpastry

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Wow! I want that resolution on a desktop monitor.

  1. bobolicious

    Joined: Dec 1969


    heat & fan noise?

    I actually wish there was a lower powered 17" MBP option, or some way to throttle down with an external monitor connected, to keep the current option from revving up like a jet at times...

  1. OtisWild

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Finally, Apple may have to start caring about shipping performant GPUs..

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969



    They've got to come up with various ways to keep their prices at their current levels. Heaven forbid they just keep specs and lower costs. Consumers would then get too confused and might have a head explosion, trying to decide between two computers at like costs...

  1. ggirton

    Joined: Dec 1969


    It sounds like a lot

    But it'll be a lot better than you think. WAIT -- just wait -- until you see it.

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