DigiTimes this afternoon reports that Apple could be working on a “retina”-ready model of its MacBook Pro for introduction sometime in Q2, 2012. The report notes that Apple may be set to launch the portable as early as next year, with sources claiming it carries “a display resolution of 2880 by 1800.”
The rumors arrive via the publication’s sources within Apple’s upstream supply chain:
Apple is likely to launch its new MacBook Pro lineup with a display resolution of 2880 by 1800 in the second quarter of 2012, setting a new round of competition for panel specifications in the notebook industry, according to sources in the upstream supply chain
Of course, Apple working on making its Mac product line-up “Retina”-capable is hardly a veiled secret at this point. In fact, if you cast your minds back to February of this year, you may remember we reported that our friends over at MacRumors had found a number of files in Apple’s Mac OS X Lion Preview builds which contained certain references to ‘Retina’ versions of default system graphic files.
The report followed an earlier report about a week before in which the site noted that, with the introduction of OS X Lion, Apple had tweaked OS X’s “resolution independence” setting highlighting this could provide future support for “high DPI (dots per inch) displays.”
While there has been the beginnings of support for it starting in Mac OS X Tiger (10.4) and into Mac OS X Snow Leopard (10.6), full support was never realized. In Mac OS X Lion, however, references to Resolution Independence has been replaced with a new system that could pave the way for these super high resolution “Retina” monitors.