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Apple may release Macbook Pro with retina display in 2012

December 15, 2011 at 8:41 pm

Citing unnamed industry source,s Digitimes is reporting that Apple is going to launch a Macbook Pro with a drastically better display than the current models, or any other notebooks available today. The display resolution of the upcoming Macbook Pro is said to be 2880 x 1800 pixels, with a launch window in the second quarter of 2012.

Digitimes has a mixed reputation regarding Apple rumors, so all of their leaks should be read with a degree of skepticism. However, the idea makes sense. Apple’s Macbook Pro line is supposed to provide unprecedentedly powerful computing to the professionals, but its lead has been blurred by the discontinuation of the Macbook white, and the appealing performance of the Macbook Air. More and more people are getting Macbook Airs for everyday use, while the number of people buying Pros is declining with every passing day. Apple needs to change this. While the CPUs of Macbook Pros have already been lifted with a recent upgrade, the display may also be boosted to catch up with the retina display of the iPhone and (soon to be) iPad 3.

With 2880 x 1800 pixels, the 13″ Macbook Pro will have a pixel density of 255.36 pp,i which is still a lot less than the 326 ppi of  the iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S’ retina display. But it will make for an ideal screen resolution for a regular computer. The 15″ and 17″ models will have the pixel density of 220.53 ppi and 199.78 ppi respectively, but it is not yet clear if all three models will get this new screen resolution. It may be only the base model or the largest, 17″, one.

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