The Retina term might not be favored by everyone, especially those in the Android camp, although when this display improvement came to the iPhone and later with the iPad 3 it changed visual quality dramatically and we’ve experienced this first hand on both devices. It has long been expected that Apple will bring this technology to their desktop and laptop computers, which has now been all but confirmed for the 2012 MacBook Pro thanks to an increasing amount of hints towards Retina inclusion.
Bringing Apple’s Retina display to the 2012 MacBook Pro – the screen is obviously the thing you look at the most on our MacBook’s and other display devices, and after spending many hours with both the Retina display on iPad 3 and the latest iPhone it’s an improvement in everyway from previous generations. The latest OS X 10.7.4 update released this week and followed with some developers/tech blogs noticing a doubling in icon resolution for TextEdit, which had taken a jump to 1024×1024 pixels. This was just one of a few built-in apps that saw an increase in file size, but the others did not see an increase in icon resolution, although a few devs believe this is a solid sign pointing to new Apple MacBook Pros and iMacs with a Retina display.
This isn’t the first time we’ve heard about icons jumping to 1024×1024 pixels, and the same has been seen for developer previews of OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion. If reports from this year and last year are correct then we could see the 15-inch 2012 MacBook Pro double its resolution, which would take the new MacBooks to 2880×1800 pixels.
Last month we also heard from Intel about the new Ivy Bridge processer, which are designed with the Retina display in-mind. This is further confirmation that the future Macs will launch with Retina displays, and now we are just waiting for Apple to confirm these rumors, although they couldn’t get more solid.
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