Apple to Launch 2880×1800 Resolution ‘Retina Display’ MacBook Pro in Q2 2012?

14th December 2011

In a report sure to excite our readers, DigiTimes is saying that Apple may be readying an ultra high-resolution MacBook Pro for as early as Q2 2012:

“Apple is likely to launch its new MacBook Pro lineup with a display resolution of 2880 by 1800 in the second quarter of 2012, setting a new round of competition for panel specifications in the notebook industry, according to sources in the upstream supply chain.”

The publication cites supply chain partners as the source for the information which would double the resolution of the MacBook Pro to 2880×1800 pixels.

This new high resolution MacBook Pro would presumably be a 15″ model which currently carries a native resolution of 1440×900 pixels. By doubling the resolution in each dimension, Apple would achieve four times the number of pixels and provide developers an easy way to scale existing artwork.

TextEdit running in HiDPI mode, via Arstechnica

We’ve known about Apple’s work to support these ultra high resolution screens, but we didn’t necessarily expect them to arrive so soon. That said, support seems to be building for exactly such a thing.

Intel’s upcoming Ivy Bridge processors are known to support resolutions as high as 4096×4096. Meanwhile, Apple has already added new “HiDPI” modes in Lion that support this resolution-doubling mode. Apple has even added ultra-high resolution artwork in Lion with desktop images at 3200×2000 pixels and icons at 1024×1024 pixels.

And Apple’s not the only company preparing for the possibility. Microsoft is also building in support for high dpi monitors in Windows 8.