Mac app supporting Retina displays appears ahead of WWDC

An updated app listing citing Retina support as a feature has appeared in Apple's app store ahead of its WWDC event next week.

The Next Web noticed an application updated approved this morning, FolderWatch, stated "Retina graphics" were part of the update. The application's claim of "Retina graphics" support could potentially indicate Apple is planning on launching OS X-powered devices featuring its Retina display, which would fit with recent rumors of an upcoming MacBook Pro refresh. Currently, only the company's mobile offerings, the iPad and iPhone, feature Apple's Retina display. This could simply be a case of a developer assuming the high-resolution display could come to Apple's desktop and laptop devices, however.

Over the past month, Apple's 15-inch MacBook Pro has been rumored to feature an overhaul that will include the company's Retina display as well as a redesign of its exterior. The new design of the 15-inch MacBook Pro is expected to include a thinner design, reminiscent of the company's MacBook Air, a design Apple was recently awarded a patent for. A recent leaked specifications sheet indicates the company's 13-inch MacBook Pro model will not feature a Retina display or a design overhaul.

Apple's WWDC event, a developer-focused conference, takes place from June 11 to June 15 in San Francisco. The conference is expected to provide the general public with the first information on the company's updated mobile operating system, iOS 6, as well as its upcoming OS X update, Mountain Lion.

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Retina is pointless, esp on a desktop/laptop environment. A decent pixel density is good but that much is a waste. Who needs that level of detail? It's not even percievable to the human eye

Nexus69 said,
I nearly threw up in my mouth; mac and high-resolution graphics do not belong in the same sentence; ever.

no? they don't? Sorry then, I guess I am mistaken.

I love the article's title "Retina Mac apps" - when just one is mentioned. I don't want to say that retina displays couldn't happen, but making so much fuss about one app...

altr said,
I love the article's title "Retina Mac apps" - when just one is mentioned. I don't want to say that retina displays couldn't happen, but making so much fuss about one app...

Updated headline, thanks.

It's not very hard to support "Retina" displays on OSX. Doesn't mean that they're coming, I could have added "support" to my games 6 months ago.

Developers don't know any more than we do. Apple is being hush hush about this. It's been clear for a while that they're thinking about high-DPI displays (by including 2x graphics in their OS) but we don't know if they'll launch it tomorrow or three years from now.

the420kid said,
"retina display" has to be the lamest term I've ever heard. people will fall for anything these days.

While I agree with you, you can't argue that it hasn't been an effective marketing tool.

If it makes you feel better, whenever you see "retina graphics" just mentally swap it with "high DPI display-optimized graphics" (just rolls off the tongue, doesn't it?)

the420kid said,
"retina display" has to be the lamest term I've ever heard. people will fall for anything these days.

You are a moron. People will "fall" for a phone and a tablet with a quadruple resolution? More like people -- namely idiots like you -- will go to any length to bash Apple.

the420kid said,
"retina display" has to be the lamest term I've ever heard. people will fall for anything these days.

Who the hell cares what it's called. The end result is the same: higher density screens.

Ive been a PC/Google/Android user for a while now. But a Retina display is tempting! Im looking to ditch my gaming notebook for something more portable anyways

Beyond Godlike said,
Ive been a PC/Google/Android user for a while now. But a Retina display is tempting! Im looking to ditch my gaming notebook for something more portable anyways

You can bet that other companies will be quick to follow...

As I said in the WWDC 2012 event thread:

People please, let's not go crazy because this means absolutely nothing. Developers like Panic have been including vectorized and/or x2 images with their apps for a while now. It doesn't say anything about Apple actually releasing hardware that requires updates artwork. It just means these developers take into account the possibility the company might release such hardware.

Exactly.

I might also add that there may not be any money in Apple going with a retina display MBP right now. The technology may not quite be there to get the price point down to a marketable level. But its anyone's guess right now.