New iMac 2012 Will Also Come with Retina Display: Report
Just after reporting about the release of thinner Retina Display Macbook Pro at WWDC strating on June 11, we exclusively report that Apple is well set to release next gen iMac 2012 with ultra high-resolution “Retina” displays according to a recent note by ABC News.
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.
As we earlier posted that Apple would fully redesign its all product lineups in 2012; so contrary to reports claiming HiDPI display for Macbook Pro update, Apple is going to release a fully revamped Retina Display Pro model in June at WWDC 2012. Notably, most Macs already offer nearly Retina resolution at typical viewing distances.
Many tech analysts believe that Apple will follow its own footsteps taken in bringing Retina Display iPhone and iPad, i.e. doubling the resolution in each dimension with a screen carrying 4x the pixels of its predecessor. We have already covered this particular speculation that new15-inch MacBook Pro will offer a 2880×1800 display compared to the 1440×900 display in the current model.
But it should be kept in mind that as screen size goes larger and larger; quadrupling the number of pixels begins to knock against the hardware capabilities of graphics chips and display interface standards. So a 17-inch MacBook Pro coming with Retina resolution of 3840×2400 seems evident however the Retina Display for iMac has some limitations.
If we look at iMac product lineup, a 21.5-inch iMac should be boosted from 1920×1080 to 3840×2160 just like Macbook Pro, but for the 27-inch iMac would advance to an enormous Retina display at 5120×2880 from its current 2560×1440 screen resolution.
Apple could also use the same panel for revamped Apple Thunderbolt Display. Should hardware be able to support this huge resolution? It is the big question to be replied logically.
Eventually, majority of Apple analysts suggest that Apple will bump up the screen resolution of its Mac lines by a smaller amount than it introduced for iOS devices, as current variation in pixel density among Mac models already offering some litheness in interface element sizes. However, if Apple boosts its current Mac models having 100-130 pixels per inch (ppi) densities to quite higher 160-170 ppi for falling in retina display, it will create a big mess for Apple developers and users.
Why? Simply users are used to handle the typical range of 100-130 ppi and boosting to the range of 160-170 ppi, for example, it would be resulted in turning user interface elements too small for them that they would hardly click on these elements unless apps are particularly updated with new elements designed for that pixel density range.
As an alternate, elements could be scaled according to lower-resolution displays, but it would surely result in poor image quality.
Apple could build a 3840 by 2400 pixel 27-inch screen that presented itself as a pixel doubled 1920 by 1200 pixel display. That’s effectively an 84ppi screen @1X and 168ppi screen @2X. [...]
What you should notice is that the text and UI elements are physically smaller on the current 109ppi iMac than they’d be on the hypothetical 84/168ppi 27-inch iMac. This may be frustrating to some users, but I actually prefer my old 94ppi 24-inch Cinema Display to any of Apple’s higher PPI displays. I like that the system default 12pt text is larger. The sacrifice is in the usable workspace, and that’s a matter of taste.
We think Apple is well determined to overcome all difficulties and technical problems coming in the way of introducing Retina Display on Macbook and iMac devices and the company would implement the new higher resolution to next generation products as already hinted within OS X Lion and Mountain Lion Previews.
Via: MacrumorsApple, Mac