Intel’s Ivy Bridge chips could enable 2012 Macs to support 4K resolution

“The Verge’s Vlad Slavov notes that Intel’s upcoming Ivy Bridge chips will be 60 percent faster than the Sandy Bridge platform, but the biggest news is support for display resolutions up to 4096-by-4096 pixels and OpenCL,” Christian Zibreg reports for 9to5Mac.

“The silicon also features a Multi Format Codec engine which supports 4K QuadHD video on YouTube and is speedy enough to decode multiple 4K video streams at once,” Zibreg reports. “Knowing that the Ivy Bridge platform is a successor to the Sandy Bridge chips which Apple extensively uses in portable and all-in-one Macs, this could mean that 2012 Mac models may enable so-called the 4K resolution.”

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Zibreg reports, “Current-generation Sandy Bridge chips found in Macs support up to 2560-by-1600 pixel resolution. For reference, the 27-inch Apple Thunderbolt display maxes out at 2560-by-1440 pixels.”

Read more in the full article here.

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[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Dan K.” for the heads up.]


    1. Exactly right! What the hell good are higher-rez displays without resolution-independent font rasterization? At the very least, OS X would need to give users the option to increase the point size of many interface text elements that are now fixed—that is to say, that now shrink every time the screen resolution increases. In Silicon Valley, there was alot of talk about resolution-independent rasterization as far back as the 80’s. We’re still waiting.

  1. Not sure about “60% faster”. For the last I-do-not-know-how-many years each next generation of Intel’s CPU were faster than the previous only by like 7% in the actual tests. So this “60% faster” might be marketing figure.

  2. Better yet, Apple HDTV with Retina and resolution independence! Making that 50 to 70 inch display your visual hub to all your Apple toys! While adding TV/Cable function in whole or part of the screen.

    4K Apple comes out of the corner with a blazing puck…

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