MacBook Pro with 2880×1800 Retina Display Rumored for Release in 2012

Dec 14, 2011 - 16 Comments

MacBook Pro with Retina Display rumored for 2012

Apple is rumored to be working towards releasing retina display equipped MacBook Pro’s in the second quarter of 2012, according to a new report from the Taiwanese trade publication Digitimes. Citing upstream component sources, the displays are said to be 2880×1800 pixels and become yet another competitive advantage for Apple’s portable lineup:

While the prevailing MacBook models have displays with resolutions ranging from 1680 by 1050 to 1280 by 800, the ultra-high resolution for the new MacBook Pro will further differentiate Apple’s products from other brands, commented the sources.

Earlier in the fall, Digitimes also suggested that a MacBook Air 15″ model would be released next year, but there is no indication that it would carry the same 2880 x 1800 pixel display.

Hints of Macs with retina displays have existed for a while now. Earlier in the year, we pointed out that wallpapers in Mac OS X Lion are 3200×2000 resolution, greater than any currently shipping Apple hardware. Additionally, many icons in OS X Lion are 1024×1024 pixels, double what they were in previous Mac OS X releases.

Finally, persistent iPad 3 rumors suggest the device will feature a retina display. One could guess that for Apple to release a retina equipped iPad, there would also have to be Macs with equal or greater screen resolutions available to adequately develop retina iPad apps on.


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Posted by: Matt Chan in Mac, News, Rumor


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  1. Richard says:

    That’s 221 ppi….therefore NOT a retina display.

    A 15″ MBP witha retina display would have a resolution of 4310×2693….not likely!

  2. santino says:

    2013 is the year of iPhone 5 (ocktober,2013)
    2012 is the year of 2880-1900 resolute (mid)2012
    2012 is the year of iPad 3 but i think, the (end) of 2012

    2012 is the year of iPhone 4 GS (ocktober), 2012)

  3. Poi Ran says:

    I’d much rather have imac or mac pro with proper “retina” displays and os support. At the moment OSX is crap at high resolutions, sorry, but that’s a fact. I see less use for retina for mobile devices such as ipad and/or macbook, but it’s good sales talk I guess. I’m not sure I like the way “retina” is misused btw, but maybe that’s another issue.

    • Alan says:

      Which OS are you comparing to OSX that, in your opinion, performs much better at high resolution? And what is a “proper” retina display?

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  5. Aladar says:

    2012 is the best year for apple
    ipad3, iphone5…let’s hope for the best :)

  6. Henrik says:

    Gimme 8 GB RAM alternative in the 11″

  7. Alberto says:

    I would just prefer an opaque screen………

  8. brah says:

    if apple does this.. there will be no way pc laptops will be able to compete… they are already not able to complete with the macbook pro and macbook air lines as it is already.

  9. chowder says:

    “One could guess that for Apple to release a retina equipped iPad, there would also have to be Macs with equal or greater screen resolutions available to adequately develop retina iPad apps on. ”

    At the risk of exposing my limited experience writing ios apps, how does one imply the other. Apps currently exist which fully use the iphone/ipod retina display (1 point = 4 pixels) and testing on actual hardware is unavoidable.

    That being said I drool at the thought of a 2880×1800 macbook :-)

  10. Clem says:

    1024×1024 for an icon… seriously.

  11. Eric says:

    I hope it comes to the MacBook Air line too, I’m in for one if so!

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