Apple May Bring High Pixel Density Displays To MacBook Pro Notebooks

Subject: Displays, Mobile | December 14, 2011 - 01:40 PM |
Tagged: mobile, macbook, apple

 Apple pulled off a four times increase in pixel density on it’s smartphone displays with the iPhone 4 which they dubbed the “Retina Display.” Meanwhile the company’s current 13” MacBook Pro is shackled to a 1280x800 display with an approximate pixel density of 116 pixels per inch. The low resolution (especially vertically) can make reading web pages or working with large documents a hassle as it involves quite a bit of scrolling up and down. New rumors; however, suggest that the Cupertino based company may be looking to step up the display resolution in the next iteration of the MacBook lineup. Allegedly, Digitimes has heard from “sources in the upstream supply chain” that the displays will have as high as a 2880x1800 resolution (and an approximate 261.25 PPI). Pretty impressive for a 13” display!

View Full Size

The current MBP

Whether we will actually see new MacBook models release with such a display remains to be seen; however, it would certainly be a welcomed move as the computer display innovation market has been rather stagnant for the past few years, even going so far as to go backwards in ~24” monitors from 1200 vertical pixels to the now standard 1920x1080 resolution. Perhaps this move by Apple will entice other monitor manufacturers to step up their game and bring 4K gaming to the PC, eventually. Heck, while we are on the topic of monitor tech traveling laterally instead of forward, what ever happened to that curved display from Alienware? Personally, I’m rooting for Apple on this one as the monitor market could use a wake up call!

Source: Tech Report
December 14, 2011 | 02:26 PM - Posted by NateD (not verified)

I was actually just looking into what happened to those Alienware monitors the other day. I'm still looking forward to seeing them.

December 14, 2011 | 06:18 PM - Posted by mark (not verified)

at least their trying, ill give em credit for that at least.

December 15, 2011 | 05:32 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

two words... resolution independence

December 15, 2011 | 11:42 PM - Posted by 63jax

loool, it's not like Apple is making them, is Samsung and LG which provides for Apple so not a such a big deal. we will see all those displays in all devices from every brand that wanna use them.

December 17, 2011 | 02:15 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

I don't care who brings this to market, whether it's Apple or Dell or someone else. If someone can offer me a 15" or 17" display on a notebook with 2560x1600 or better resolution at a reasonable (read: <$3k) price I will buy it the day it comes out.

December 17, 2011 | 07:58 AM - Posted by Ryan Shrout

^ this.

Post new comment

The content of this field is kept private and will not be shown publicly.
  • Lines and paragraphs break automatically.
  • Allowed HTML tags: <a> <em> <strong> <cite> <code> <ul> <ol> <li> <dl> <dt> <dd> <blockquote><p><br>
  • Web page addresses and e-mail addresses turn into links automatically.

More information about formatting options

By submitting this form, you accept the Mollom privacy policy.