Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard to feature ‘resolution independence?’

“There is a lot of buzz and speculation floating around as to what we’ll see in the Mac OS X 10.5 update that will be previewed (and I suspect released) at this August’s World Wide Developer’s Conference,” David Chartier writes for The Unofficial Apple Weblog (TUAW). “One exciting ‘fundamental feature’ John Gruber hinted at last November has been mentioned again by a developer named Dustin MacDonald: resolution independence… This idea of resolution independence, as you might glean from the name, is a new concept (as far as I know) that restructures how element sizes are defined in Mac OS X, ideally making it possible for higher resolutions without forcing users to squint at everything they do on-screen. This also could usher in much higher ppi resolutions which could bring computer displays that much closer to properly displaying high-detail objects.”

Chartier writes, “The reason I’m mentioning all this is that Dustin MacDonald, the aforementioned developer, has echoed Gruber’s sentiment that evidence of Apple’s move to resolution independence is already present in 10.4, and he goes a little further to explain some of these elements for those who really wanna get their nerd on.”

Full article here.

Dustin MacDonald has more about “resolution independence” in Mac OS X Leopard here.

Info about 512×512 pixel Mac OS X icons (Portuguese to English Google translation) here.

MacDailyNews Take: Take it from us, Apple’s 17-inch MacBook Pro’s 1680×1050 resolution screens cry for a Mac OS X that’s capable of “resolution independence.” Let’s hope Leopard delivers just such a capability.

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74 Comments

  1. would be about time haha, feels like this next osx release (especially if it has a new kernal / finder) is worthy of being os XI – im sure they wanna keep the X as branding though at the moment.

  2. feels like this next osx release (especially if it has a new kernal / finder) is worthy of being os XI

    IMO they should keep the “Mac OS X 10.x” naming until 10.9. By then OS naming & branding will need to be freshened up anyway.

  3. “Let’s hope Leopard delivers just such a capability.”

    It will, and it is truly needed! Have you ever looked at text on a 30 inch monitor? It looks like complete shit on a Mac. And I am one of the most die-hard MacAddicts on this site. Go to an Apple store and launch iTunes on either a Mac connected to a 30 inch monitor, a 23 inch monitor, or even the new 20 inch iMac. Run the visualizer in full screen. Look at how crappy the text is (song title and artist). It’s horrible and hopefully will be fixed in Leopard.

  4. “IMO they should keep the “Mac OS X 10.x” naming until 10.9. By then OS naming & branding will need to be freshened up anyway.”

    They may run out of cat names! What’s next after Lion? Ocelot? Most people forget that Puma and Cheetah were taken by OS 10.0 and 10.1.

    Although, I’d like to see Lynx, despite the problems with the grandfather of web-browsers for Unix – Lynx.

  5. Or the next generation Mac OS could rely entirely on prominent bookmarks and glowing rectangular placeholders throughout. Then, Apple could name it . . . wait for it . . .

    MAC OS TABBY!

    MW: rather, but not Dan.

  6. Product Namer:

    People like you fail to understand or appreciate that the functionality, elegance, and performance of the OS define the product, not the name. Your futile attempt to be witty only emphasizes your pathetic lack of imagination and intelligence. However, I’ll call you my little pussy any day of the week.

  7. Ay caramba!: Which is it?

    Is it “my failure to understand or appreciate that the functionality, elegance, and performance of the OS define the product, not the name,” or is it my “futile attempt to be witty”?

    Your comments seem so much more intelligent, insightful and mature than mine, that I’m truly humbled to be in your presence.

    MW: theory, as in your attempt at being superior is just a theory.

  8. Resolution independence is a superb goal. Coupled with some very high resolution displays, it’ll make that Vista crap look horribly old before it’s even released.

    It’s maybe not so easy to combine raster and vector elements in a scalable display, but that will just make it all the more impressive when they achieve it.

  9. Resolution independence is hardly a new idea. Even the original MacOS has hints of it. It’s just never been properly implemented because programmer’s have been lazy and have just assumed 72dpi for displays.

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