How Apple’s next-gen MacBook Pro will sport a Retina display

“The high resolution artwork [found in the second Developer build of OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion] indicates that Macs could soon come with a HiDPI mode, essentially Retina Display, meaning that their screens would have a much greater density of pixels packed into the same area,” AppleBitch writes.

“What is worth noting, however, is that in order for Apple to accomplish [a Retina display in the new iPad], the majority of the internal volume of the new iPad is now comprised of battery,” AppleBitch writes. “And how could Apple achieve this in the MacBook Pro? You guessed right. Drop the CD/DVD drive… [which] takes up an enormous amount of space. Ditch that drive and replace it with battery, and you have a MacBook Pro with enough battery capacity to support a high pixel density display for a significant amount of time.”

AppleBitch writes, “So don’t be surprised if the next MacBook Pro you see will be a thinner, lighter, MacBook Air like model with a super high resolution display, bigger battery and sans optical drive.”

Read more in the full article here.

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


    1. “will it have multitouch?”

      Depends on where you put it. I just don’t see doing it on the main screen, because it forces you to keep the laptop too close to you and keep your hand raised which is tiring.

      I have been predicting that the touch pad could easily go to a touch LCD screen to use to accomplish various operations, maybe after it is activated with the likes of the Fn key.

      A 2nd alternative is an LCD touch pad that spans the entire palm pad & touch pad areas below the keyboard.

      1. Exactly. When you’re playing a movie for example the whole front bit, past the keyboard is a touch screen and displays big play, fforward buttons etc. I’m sure ther’d be other uses just can’t think right now. Think of it as a mini second monitor, maybe tool palettes in say photoshop or whatever could sit there while you work on the main window on the big screen.

    2. Yes! I reach for the laptop screen! And, no, no one is going to hold their hand in the air to use it! Naysayers are wrong. A MBP touchscreen would be for occasional supplemental use, not the main input source. People seem to think it would be one or the other and their arm gets tired thinking about it. But that would not be the case at all. Don’t know whether it will be there, but I would like to see it.

    1. My guess is in April. Either that or June/July when Mountain Lion comes out.

      The form factor will be interesting. Will HD or flash memory be available? Leaving out the optical makes more space for battery. Adding flash will provide more space but the Airs cost an extra $300 for 128GB. For MBP to use flash they would need at least 500GB to match the current specs.

  1. Some people seem to think they can save battery power by not engaging HiDPI mode. I don’t think this is so, because the new iPad’s major power consumption is not so much in driving the new display but for the additional LEDs used in the backlight. The retina display in the iPad needs much higher intensity backlight since it lets much less light through each pixel. I would think the HiDPI display would have the same requirements.

  2. Whoa…! That’s brilliant. After Mountain Lion will be Sea Lion. The Mac OS naming theme transitions smoothly from big cats to big ocean creatures (which has other cool choices like Orca, Octopus, Shark, Stingray, Dolphin, etc.)

  3. No Retina for MPB for the nearest future. Even for smaller screen like in MBA 13″ it is not possible yet, since current process to produce Retina display would require like 70% bigger battery.

    MBP have much larger 17″ screens which makes the problem even more severe. Besides the fact that the screens need to achieve 3840 x 2400 resolution, it will also need much heavier battery.

    IGZO process would allow significantly ease battery problem, but it is not ready for mass production yet, and even with that this super resolution is yet to be achieved.

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