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Retina Display Mac Books – Hitting the Shelves Soon?

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People who are testing Apple’s latest OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion developer release might notice that some higher resolution graphics are appearing in “unexpected places.” This includes double-sized phone icon that appears together with an audio chat invitation in Messages, the company’s replacement for the iChat application.

Retina-ready Macs are in Apple’s Horizon

The occurrence of double-sized images could mean that the Cupertino-based company is planning to roll out MacBooks with high density screen later this year. It could also imply that the Mountain Lion operating system will support the Retina Display feature.

A developer with access to the latest OS X 10.8 preview informed Ars Technica about the news. According to him, he was using the Messages app when he noticed that some icons are displaying 2x resolution art.
He also shared an image preview, showing that the audio chat icon’s size is twice its standard. He added:

“I would interpret it to mean that Retina [MacBook] is close; perhaps concurrent with the release of OS X 10.8.”

High-resolution Icons: OS X Lion and Beyond

High-resolution display for Apple devices was supported since OS X Lion was released to consumers. In fact, the OS X Lion 10.7 showed 2x user interface elements such as cursors and other icons after its release. It is said that icons were updated and scaled to larger sizes to be compatible with higher-resolution screens. It also supports SSD-wiping TRIM command, which can improve Mac’s write speed in compatible devices.

Therefore, the company’s devices can support higher-resolution graphics. Furthermore, it can also support high-dots per inch screens, but only if an Xcode was installed. The HiDPI was created based on Apple’s iPhone, iPod Touch and the new iPad that feature Retina Display.

The double-sized icons found in the latest developer preview of Mountain Lion OS are the second piece of the puzzle. It will soon be completed if an Apple device, like a 15-inch MacBook Pro, that boasts 2880 x 1800 resolution or higher will hit the market in the future.
The Mountain Lion OS is set for a summer release. Meanwhile, Intel’s next-generation Ivy Bridge processor is also expected to hit the streets around the same time. It is said that the processor can support up to 4K resolution that enables 4096 x 4096 pixels per monitor –– making the latest finding more possible.

With this latest slid-up making a buzz the blogosphere, it’ll be inevitable that more and more tech enthusiasts will anticipate Apple’s announcement of MacBook Pros and MacBook Airs with Retina Display in the coming months.

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  1. Tobyess says:

    I guess nobody saw Intel fake video game play on the Ivy Bridge at CES? They used VLC player to play a recorded video game (complete with the VP pretending to use the steering wheel)!

    I don’t think it is a good idea to run a retina display on Intel’s less-than-ready integrated graphics, but oh well, I guess Apple customers will buy anything… even if the graphics suck.