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Apple is looking to launch the 13-inch Retina MacBook either this September or early October

Apple is expected to release a 13-inch next-generation MacBook Pro with Retina display this fall.

According to analyst Ming-Chi Kuo from KGI, who provided the tip to Apple Insider, Apple is looking to launch the 13-inch Retina MacBook either this September or early October. Kuo has already correctly predicted that Apple would axe the 17-inch MacBook Pro and instead sell the 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display along with a previous-generation without Retina.

The 13-inch next-generation MacBook Pro with Retina display is expected to feature 2560 x 1600 resolution, a thinner body than the 15-inch version, no optical disc drive (solid-state flash memory storage only), Intel HD 4000 integrated graphics, and an Intel Ivy Bridge processor with speeds over 2 GHz.


Apple's 15.4" MacBook Pro with Retina Display

Kuo said Apple didn't reveal the new product at the company's Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) this week because "of a low yield rate" as well as challenges with assembly.

Apple unveiled a number of new MacBooks at WWDC, including new 11- and 13-inch MacBook Airs, new 13- and 15-inch MacBook Pros (without Retina display) and a 15.4-inch 2880 x 1800 display high-end laptop.

Source: Apple Insider



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Super High Resolutions?
By OnyxNite on 6/15/2012 10:30:38 AM , Rating: 0
Forgive my ignorance but what content does one display that needs more than 1920x1080? I can see things like 1920x1200 if you prefer that aspect ratio but I don't understand why you would want to pay more for even higher resolution... especially on 15inch and smaller screens. There is no content at that level, text is likely VERY small (so you always have to scale which defeats the purpose of having higher res in the first place). I'm sure there are cases were it could be useful but they seem uncommon at best. Heck even hardcore games (which wouldn't be Mac users anyway) wouldn't be able to do so well with that super high resolution considering the GPUs these things ship with. I guess I'm just out of the loop.




RE: Super High Resolutions?
By Spoelie on 6/15/2012 10:41:33 AM , Rating: 4
You're looking at it the wrong way. Higher resolutions on the same size screen increases the DPI, allowing for much finer details on icons, sharper looking text, ... .

These things don't necessarily have to be smaller on a larger resolution display, people's view on resolutions have been skewed in the past by keeping the DPI more or less constant and using the increased resolution to up the display size.

Another example: try opening a picture from a modern camera at 100% on your current laptop/desktop. Chances are you only see about quarter of the picture. A much higher DPI display would be able to show the entire picture and still resolve all the detail in it.


RE: Super High Resolutions?
By amanojaku on 6/15/2012 11:04:55 AM , Rating: 2
You're not telling the whole story. Increasing resolution while maintaining display size makes everything smaller, if the number of pixels in an object remain the same. A 50-pixel wide image on a 100-pixel wide display takes up 50% of the width. Double the display resolution and the image takes up 25% (50/200).

What you said only makes sense if the number of pixels in window elements scale with changes in resolution. For example, a taskbar that goes from 72 pixels in height at 1280x720 to 108 pixels in height at 1920x1080. The taskbar would take up 10% of the screen in both cases, but a JPG would take up less screen percentage on 1920x1080.

It's not always practical, or possible, to change DPI. Usually, you can only optimize text, but window elements (panels, buttons, scroll bars, etc...) don't always change.


RE: Super High Resolutions?
By tayb on 6/15/2012 11:18:04 AM , Rating: 2
In the case of this particular notebooks, the DPI does scale OS wide. You can't even expose the full resolution, just a super crisp 1080p.


RE: Super High Resolutions?
By FaaR on 6/16/2012 1:12:31 PM , Rating: 2
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It's not always practical, or possible, to change DPI. Usually, you can only optimize text, but window elements (panels, buttons, scroll bars, etc...) don't always change.

Yes, that is the case if you run good ol' MS Windows. OSX is of course adapted to scale with higher monitor DPI values, since it is the native OS of this computer. Win 8 is also taking further steps in this direction (as had previous Win versions, but they didn't go nearly far enough and they still handle high-DPI screens very poorly.)


RE: Super High Resolutions?
By TakinYourPoints on 6/17/2012 4:24:25 AM , Rating: 2
quote:
What you said only makes sense if the number of pixels in window elements scale with changes in resolution. For example, a taskbar that goes from 72 pixels in height at 1280x720 to 108 pixels in height at 1920x1080. The taskbar would take up 10% of the screen in both cases, but a JPG would take up less screen percentage on 1920x1080.


Incorrect. Elements in OS X scale up with resolution in the rMBP. It works like iOS with the iPhone 4 and iPad, graphical assets and text remain the same size as with the prior lower res models but the number of pixels for those elements quadruples.

It isn't like everything on the retina MBP is tiny all of a sudden. Windows does have this issue at the moment though. Microsoft should get this functionality in eventually since PC notebook displays will catch up at some point: http://www.anandtech.com/show/6008/windows-8-on-th...

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RE: Super High Resolutions?
By tayb on 6/15/2012 11:02:14 AM , Rating: 2
Graphic design work is the only thing that really comes to mind for me. Outside of that it just makes everything looks nice and extremely sharp. I have to see one of these in person but these ultra high resolution displays are usually quite impressive.


RE: Super High Resolutions?
By StevoLincolnite on 6/15/2012 12:37:07 PM , Rating: 2
Don't forget gaming benefits greatly. :)
But being a Mac... That wouldn't be the main use for the machine anyway...


RE: Super High Resolutions?
By Solandri on 6/15/2012 3:00:26 PM , Rating: 3
Actually, gaming is the best benefit I can think of. The dpi is so high at typical laptop viewing distance, it's overkill. It's not like a tablet or a phone which you can easily pull up to your eyes to get a closer look.

The problem with 1920x1080 for gaming (in general, but mostly on a laptop) is that it's too many pixels. Unless you have a high-end video card, you're going to suffer from poor framerates. The obvious solution is to lower the resolution to say 1280x720, but that leads to resampling and a blurry image since it still needs to be displayed on a 1920x1080 screen. Unless you can cut the resolution exactly in half. But half of 1920x1080 is 960x540. Way too low for any modern game.

Half of 2560x1600 is 1280x800. That's adequate for a game. So you get the best of both worlds - high resolution 2D display, and decent gaming performance with a typical 3D video card without a blurry resampled image in games.


By inperfectdarkness on 6/16/2012 3:49:44 AM , Rating: 2
i game on max settings all the time on my 15.6" MSI in 1080p. are you using integrated graphics or something?


RE: Super High Resolutions?
By fredgiblet on 6/15/2012 6:50:04 PM , Rating: 2
Not really. Your framerate will drop horrendously and on a screen that size you won't be able to tell the difference on action games and non-action games graphics aren't usually the point anyway. I'd rather max out the settings at 1920x1080 on a 19" monitor than play at low settings at 2560x1440 on a 15" monitor.


RE: Super High Resolutions?
By retrospooty on 6/15/2012 12:18:52 PM , Rating: 2
Agreed that high on a laptop is overkill, but better than 1366x768 underkill. To the small text, you are looking at it from a Windows point of view, which was never designed to scale very well like modern smaprtphone OS's. Once things are out and scaled properly you will just see everything with better clarity.


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