Rumor: New Macbook Air and iMac to have Retina display

There is a set of new rumors regarding the MacBook Air and iMac. For those who do not know, the MacBook Pro is already rumored to have a redesign according to this article. The redesign is rumored to include a thinner version of the current model, with USB 3.0 and a Retina display. According to 9to5Mac, the MacBook Air and iMac will receive similar treatment.

Apple is reported to be working on new 11.6 inch and 13.3 inch MacBook Air models. These new versions will include power-efficent Ivy Bridge processors and improved graphics to support the higher resolutions required for Retina displays. In addition, the laptops will support improved internal battery technology designed by Apple to support the power requirements required to support Retina displays.

According to the report, the power requirements and thin-and-light form factor of the Air may pose challenges for production. Due to this, there is no timeline for the release of the new Air models. In addition, Apple is not sure whether USB 3.0 will be included in the new Air models.

According to ABC News, the iMac will also receive an update as well:

While the design of the laptop might be similar (though thinner), the part of the laptop you spend the most time looking at is getting a major overhaul — the screen. The laptop will see the introduction of the “Mac Retina Display,” which is said to have a very high resolution. ABC News has similarly heard from its own sources that both the next MacBook Pro and the iMac would be getting very, very high resolution displays. Apple refreshed its new iPad with a Retina Display in March.

The iMac will also receive Ivy Bridge processors, updated graphics, and USB 3.0. According to David Barnard, the Retina display will present itself in a different fashion on the 27-inch iMac due to display restrictions.  Apple could build a display at 3840x2400 resolution that presents itself with a Retina workspace of 1920x1200. This means at 1x the display would have 84 pixels per inch (ppi) and at 2x the display would have 168 ppi in order to prevent distortion of elements (icons, etc.) and problems with the user interface.

The company seems committed to deploying Retina displays across its entire line, even if the rollout takes additional time.

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i hope they do, not that i plan on getting one but it will help push other laptop makers to have higher res screens

dafin0 said,
i hope they do, not that i plan on getting one but it will help push other laptop makers to have higher res screens

1024x768 is just so 2006
1440x900 is just so 2009

dafin0 said,
i hope they do, not that i plan on getting one but it will help push other laptop makers to have higher res screens

Good luck in finding retina wallpapers for screen

sanke1 said,

Good luck in finding retina wallpapers for screen


1080p wallpapers didn't exist until 1080p monitors existed. Similarly, 2400p wallpapers won't exist until 2400p monitors exist.

sanke1 said,

Good luck in finding retina wallpapers for screen


?

Even a monster-sized 5120*2880 resolution if pixel-doubling the 27" iMac would just be a basic 14 MP photo that many decent cameras output today.

Having said that, I doubt Apple will pixel double the iMac displays due to people sitting farther away from the screens than e.g. an iPhone display.

sanke1 said,

Good luck in finding retina wallpapers for screen


That's why being able to stretch a wallpaper is a very useful feature

The Laughing Man said,
I sware I saw this in the news feed this week already... or have I finally reached insanity.

That was for the Macbook Pro, I guess more info is trickling out of the supply line.

The Laughing Man said,
I sware I saw this in the news feed this week already... or have I finally reached insanity.

no, it was in another post already

The Laughing Man said,
I sware I saw this in the news feed this week already... or have I finally reached insanity.

You are indeed insane, having spelled 'swear' s-w-a-r-e.

Shiranui said,

You are indeed insane, having spelled 'swear' s-w-a-r-e.

That said, I look forward to affordable hi-res displays, though not from apple.

I'm buying the next 27" iMac for sure, if they come out with a retina MBA then I will sell my current MBA and buy that too

Rudy said,
I'm buying the next 27" iMac for sure, if they come out with a retina MBA then I will sell my current MBA and buy that too

Master of Business Administration?

Why? I can understand for portable devices but at the distance you view a screen that ammount of pixel density is ridiculous. Spend money on better quality panels with better contrast ratios and more vibrant colours than massive 300+ ppi screens.

some Sony vaio laptops have had 1080p 15" screens for a while, not sure what the ppi is for that though. But that's plenty.

Auzeras said,
Why? I can understand for portable devices but at the distance you view a screen that ammount of pixel density is ridiculous. Spend money on better quality panels with better contrast ratios and more vibrant colours than massive 300+ ppi screens.

some Sony vaio laptops have had 1080p 15" screens for a while, not sure what the ppi is for that though. But that's plenty.


They're already spending money on fitting these iMacs with high quality S-IPS panels, contrary to what many PC's are, especially 27" variants. All these things taken together are part of why they're so expensive.

I don't think the current dot pitch is all too great. There's a definite difference on these Retina displays I have never experienced when working with my desktop computers.

Btw, that Sony Vaio dot pitch would be 146 ppi.

To begin with won't this make everything either tiny... or look completely horrible? Nothing for screens is designed at this dpi.

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