WWDC 12: Apple announces new MacBooks, high res screen

Subject: General Tech, Systems, Shows and Expos | June 11, 2012 - 03:30 PM |
Tagged: WWDC 12, apple, macbook pro

Apple has upgraded their MacBook line to Intel Ivy Bridge and includes USB 3.0 support. The MacBook Airs will be supported by Intel HD Graphics 4000 where the new MacBook Pro will be powered by NVIDIA’s Kepler-based GeForce GT 650M. This GPU will be used to power a 2880x1800 (220ppi) resolution screen -- which I will absolutely not feed into the “retina display” marketing term.

Apple has announced new hardware at the start of their World Wide Developers Conference this morning.

As Intel begins to flood the PC marketplace with their latest and greatest Ivy Bridge mobile processors it stands to reason that Apple would not want to be left out. Apple will update their entire laptop lineup to the new CPUs as well as add some Kepler to their MacBook Pro line. The biggest deal is the high resolution 2880x1800 displays which should make text look very smooth and crisp.

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Not pictured, 27” IPS display… because 60” HDTV makes it seem more impressive.

The MacBook Air will not have the option of discrete graphics. The 11-inch model will have a screen resolution of 1366x768 where the 13-inch model will contain a 1440x900 screen. Both USB3.0 and Thunderbolt will be supported on each of the MacBook Airs as well as each of the MacBook Pros. SSD technology is also prominently mentioned and was expected.

The new MacBook line ships today. The new lineup of MacBook Airs has starting prices of between $999 and $1499 and the high-resolution MacBook Pro starts at $2199.

Source: Apple

June 11, 2012 | 03:51 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

At stores that sell apple and PC's the retina display will be a big wow factor.

June 11, 2012 | 07:33 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

will this push PC MONITOR manufacturers to introduce some nice 2k monitors into the market at reasonable prices?

I was never a big fan of the mac platform because pc's always had the technological edge when it came to speed and customization, but i have to say that a 2k (it's actually a bit higher than 2K)monitor is something we pc users have to cash out a lot of money for.

June 11, 2012 | 07:35 PM - Posted by Scott Michaud

I certainly hope so. (Though I'm pretty sure you mean 3K).

The major problem is pushing developers to accept alternative PPIs.

June 12, 2012 | 06:21 AM - Posted by Tim Verry

I sure hope so! Hopefully Apple can push the PC OEMs to get their butts in gear and produce some smaller (less than 27") high resolution displays!

It's going to take MS to redesign the way Windows scales though, unless you plan to use the OS with a magnifying glass (man, at 3K, icons and text are going to be so small!).

June 12, 2012 | 03:59 PM - Posted by Anon (not verified)

You do realise that the 2K,4K,etc. is vertical resoloution...

June 12, 2012 | 06:40 PM - Posted by Scott Michaud

Nope. When someone uses the "K" moniker, they are referring to horizontal resolution. (Which of course is a complete opposite of the #p or #i convention we're all used to.)

Example: 4K has approximately 4000 horizontal dots.

Often it is "4x 1080p" which is 1980x2=3960 by 1080x2=2160.


But it can also be several other resolutions like 4096 × 3112 and so forth.

... But they all measure the *horizontal* resolution.

... So the MacBook Pro high-resolution display would be a "3K" display.

June 11, 2012 | 11:48 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Is there were all the Kepler manufacturing has been going? These laptops are available now, so I imagine that a lot of manufacturing time was reserved by Apple for nVidia to focus on them first.

June 12, 2012 | 11:59 AM - Posted by Oskars (not verified)

The best part is that the new screen is 16:10 aspect ratio.
I hope there will be some screens suited for good old PC as soon as posible...

June 12, 2012 | 04:22 PM - Posted by Annoyingmouse (not verified)

"The 11-inch model will have a screen resolution of 1366x768" 16:9? That's like Lenovo switching to glossy screens... oh wait.

June 12, 2012 | 04:53 PM - Posted by PCskillet

Anon, the usual convention is to refer to the horizontal resolution when using terms like "2k, 4k," etc.

June 12, 2012 | 05:08 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

i just read that within OSX LION the highest u can go is 1920 x 1200, even when on the retina display, the system renders at twice that and then downscales back (im not sure i understand why)

...there are some screenshots from diablo 3 running on the display's native res though.

Its also cool u can edit 1080p on fcp-x and keep both the GUI and the video at 1:1 res. (too bad fcpx sux)

More info


June 12, 2012 | 07:17 PM - Posted by Scott Michaud

You misunderstood a bitttt... OSX Lion can support higher resolutions. The Apple Cinema Display is 1440p or 1600p (depending on the model). So the OS can physically do it... Apple just does not let you. Everything would be too small unless the application knew to increase all of its font sizes and such properly.

What they do is basically 4x super-sampling antialiasing from a smaller fake resolution... but then resize it to your REAL resolution... rather than that fake smaller resolution.

This way a program from a developer who does not know any better will not just be drawn at 1/4th the intended size for people with these high resolution displays.

I've been trying for quite a while to find a better way to explain it in just words... and this is the best I've come up with. Sorry.

June 13, 2012 | 04:52 AM - Posted by Arb (not verified)

Is there anyone that thinks that resolution on that small of a screen as being such a waste? Also need more GPU to push the pixels and more power to run the display?

July 8, 2012 | 01:06 PM - Posted by Maxxer (not verified)

Related to "a waste"

Super nonsense . More resolution = better computing.

Higher resolutions are better as you can have more windows open to work in.Also text reads dramatically better with higher resolutions as new ipad shows.

June 13, 2012 | 02:29 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

agree, such a waste.

a 24 inch PC monitor packing all that pixel density would be great...for resolutions like that we have to look at EIZO or other novelty brands that cost thousands and thousands of dollars. (ofcourse they support wider gamuts and multiple color spaces intended for professionals) but honestly... a 24 inch display with all that pixel count on rec709 wont bother anyone

June 15, 2012 | 01:04 PM - Posted by Branthog

It depends what you're doing with that monitor. Editing images, that'd be geat. Playing a videogame on a 2k-ish 30" display would probably not benefit too much. I'd rather spread it across more monitors than pack the pixel density into one (if I had to make the choice). Especially given how you need multiple of the highest end GPUs to really push even 2560x1600, still.

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November 1, 2013 | 07:17 AM - Posted by Amy781010 (not verified)

Apple always comes with new ideas which make others think a lot further. The Mac Book Pro with Retina Display is just amazing. The features are really splendid. It is going to make a lot of people crazy. Thanks for the share. Keep posting. http://techsupportwindows.com/

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