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Is Apple Adding a Retina Display to Next MacBooks?
Rumor has it, Apple is planning to seriously up the resolution on the next round of MacBooks.
Is Apple cooking up a new batch of MacBooks with retina display? According to a Digitmes report, the company is planning to roll out refreshed line of notebooks in the second quarter of 2012 that boast a resolution of 2880-by-1800.
However, approach this rumor with skepticism as Digitimes regularly comes out with new Apple rumors from unspecified, unconfirmed sources; when it comes to being correct, the paper’s record is spotty.
The default resolution of the 15-inch MacBook Pro, for example, is 1440-by-900, which means if Digtimes were correct, Apple would be doubling the pixels per inch (ppi) included in the notebook’s display to 220ppi.
On the iPad front, an upgraded display has also been a much-discussed item; for every report that claims the next-gen tablet will feature a retina display, there’s one that says it’s not possible to pack that many pixels into the tablet’s 10-inch screen.
In November, Digitimes claimed Apple will take the resolution of the iPad 3 up to 2048-by-1536. However, there have been rumors that Apple has struggled with upping the next iPad’s display. CNet last week said Apple would stick with the intermediate option of 1600-by-1200, pointing to problems with supplying enough screens and creating displays that actually have a sufficient amount of pixels packed inside.
In that same report, Digitimes also said Apple had an overhaul planned for all of its products. Considering Apple more often than not updates its devices annually, that’s like saying Thanksgiving will probably fall on a Thursday next year.
However, the size of the MacBook line has been discussed more frequently than its display in the latest reports. There have been rumblings that Apple is either making a thinner MacBook Pro or a 15-inch MacBook Air.
What would you like to see in the next round of MacBooks? Let us know in the comments.
By Leslie Horn, PCMag