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Report: Apple to Launch 2880x1800 Pixel MacBook Displays

By - Source: Digitimes | B 57 comments

Apple's 2012 upgrades for its Macbook Pro notebook series could include a retina display.

Industry sources told Digitimes that Apple's future MacBooks will feature display resolutions of up to 2880 x 1800 pixels on the high-end. Mainstream and entry-level models will keep the 1680 x 1050 and 1280 x 800 resolutions. The sources indicated that the new notebooks will arrive in the second quarter of the year.

Asus and Acer will push the resolution of their ultrabooks, Digitimes said. High-end ultrabooks will be 1920x1080 pixel screens, up from 1366x768 in the current generation.

Apple is also expected to introduce a retina display for its upcoming iPad 3. Industry rumors currently suggest that the iPad 3 will debut with a resolution of 2048 x 1536 pixel screen.

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    Anomalyx , December 15, 2011 7:36 PM
    Isn't it obvious? They're doing this because there's so few (if any) laptops out there with that high of a resolution that they can set whatever high ridiculous price they want.
    Since it won't make any difference visually, and therefore is obviously not intended to give the user a better experience, it is quite obviously a marketing ploy to get the loyal Apple followers to throw their money away for the latest and "greatest".
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    amk-aka-Phantom , December 15, 2011 7:08 PM
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    resolutions of up to 2880 x 1800 pixels on the high-end


    Guess they'll have to throw in a decent GPU there at last :D 
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    gm0n3y , December 15, 2011 7:58 PM
    So how come I still can't find a reasonably priced 2560x1440 monitor?
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    amk-aka-Phantom , December 15, 2011 7:08 PM
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    resolutions of up to 2880 x 1800 pixels on the high-end


    Guess they'll have to throw in a decent GPU there at last :D 
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    ringzero , December 15, 2011 7:18 PM
    Guess they'll have to throw in a magnifying glass too.
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    ImThat1Guy , December 15, 2011 7:28 PM
    I dun' geddit.

    You can't see the difference between 1920x1080 and 2560x1440 until you get to around 23 inches.

    And how do they expect to run that many pixels with the weak GPUs they put in?

    Also, that seems like a really weird resolution.
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    darkrydr3 , December 15, 2011 7:31 PM
    Useless...
    2880 x 1800 will probably be an upgradable feature available to 17" models and will cost an extra $500. They better get their color gamuts right if that's the case.
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    kenyee , December 15, 2011 7:32 PM
    woohoo!!!! sign me up.....big fonts rule :-)
    Could use the screen real estate for the IDEs that suck up so much space...
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    Anomalyx , December 15, 2011 7:36 PM
    Isn't it obvious? They're doing this because there's so few (if any) laptops out there with that high of a resolution that they can set whatever high ridiculous price they want.
    Since it won't make any difference visually, and therefore is obviously not intended to give the user a better experience, it is quite obviously a marketing ploy to get the loyal Apple followers to throw their money away for the latest and "greatest".
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    hang-the-9 , December 15, 2011 7:37 PM
    $300 optional magnifying class to actually read the type on that resolution on a laptop screen will follow after Apple insists for months that the 60 yr old gradmas that buy Apples are just fine with microscopic fonts.
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    bystander , December 15, 2011 7:41 PM
    amk-aka-PhantomGuess they'll have to throw in a decent GPU there at last


    Don't expect it. That resolution will only be useful at the desktop and normal apps. To game on it, you'd likely want to drop down to 1440x900, which actually isn't that bad.
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    JohnnyLucky , December 15, 2011 7:50 PM
    Cripes! I've got a 30 inch Dell Ultrasharp for p0rofessional work and the resolution is less.

    I just can't see it!
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    bee144 , December 15, 2011 7:54 PM
    ringzeroGuess they'll have to throw in a magnifying glass too.

    It'll be like the retina display in the iPhone 4. Everything stays the same size it'll just be that much more crisp as the pixels will be more compact!
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    flips , December 15, 2011 7:57 PM
    there have been bigger higher resolution screens idiot...
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    gm0n3y , December 15, 2011 7:58 PM
    So how come I still can't find a reasonably priced 2560x1440 monitor?
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    iam2thecrowe , December 15, 2011 8:05 PM
    $10000
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    house70 , December 15, 2011 8:06 PM
    Morons that support this have no idea what it means, they just claim Apple is first to market with something. They would applaud if Apple sold them some crap (literally) because they were first to market with that, too.
    To these morons: higher resolutions are not popular not because they were not "invented" yet and they were waiting for some geniuses at Apple to come up with them; they are not popular because there are no applications that take advantage of those resolutions. Watching your desktop at that resolution is not considered an application. One would need multi-GPU solutions to try to manage a half-decent frame-rate in any graphics application (games included) using GPUs that are not even built yet.
    It's not about Apple or anyone else; it's about not putting the carriage in front of the horse. Common sense is hard to find in Apple's camp.
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    house70 , December 15, 2011 8:08 PM
    flipsthere have been bigger higher resolution screens idiot...

    No way! You mean Apple did not invent this? You surely jest, sir.
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    surdos , December 15, 2011 8:17 PM
    Come on guys, why does stupid stuff like this come up in my news feed, im fed up.
    Such a joke, a bit of common sense, this is apple we are talking about.
    Their laptops don't have beefy hardware so how could they support that res. its not even supported by any current gpus. yet alone intergrated gpus.
    that would decrease battery life too something apple is concerned about.
    This is stupid.
    cant wait for the samsung tegra 3 2560x1600 tablet though! thats gonna be sweet, gonna get it for its screen mainly for photography (viewing)!
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    ap3x , December 15, 2011 8:17 PM
    Uhh guy's, what you are talking about in terms of resolution and what they are actually doing is two different things. They are basically doing Retina on the laptop. Resolution independence was introduced in Lion so they can have high resolution and pixel density without scaling the desktop.

    So no, you won't need a magnifying glass. They are just giving you better image quality on the new MBP.

    You are correct though. They are going to need some good graphical horse power to support this but it will be nice none the less.
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    GreaseMonkey_62 , December 15, 2011 8:22 PM
    That's nothing. I have a bottle of Steve Jobs' last fart. Apple can't give me anything better.
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    ap3x , December 15, 2011 8:27 PM
    surdosCome on guys, why does stupid stuff like this come up in my news feed, im fed up.Such a joke, a bit of common sense, this is apple we are talking about.Their laptops don't have beefy hardware so how could they support that res. its not even supported by any current gpus. yet alone intergrated gpus.that would decrease battery life too something apple is concerned about.This is stupid.cant wait for the samsung tegra 3 2560x1600 tablet though! thats gonna be sweet, gonna get it for its screen mainly for photography (viewing)!


    Actually, if you purchase at the begining the the hardwares lifecycle the hardware is extremely potent. Apple just does not change their prices on their laptops just because there is new hardware out their. Prices always stay the same so it becomes a value shoppers that want the most hardware for the buck halfway through the solutions lifecycle. They are priced very similar to other premium notebooks like the Thinkpad and have some other under the hood specifications that are not your standard features that you put on the back of the box.

    All in All, there are some great noteboook options out there but a laptop with a retina level display. Yea, that is some goodness right there. I do not care what the laptop brand is. I will take that all day long. Nevermind the fact that I can use both Windows and OSX and have them both supported.
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