You might recall yesterday’s report of Apple’s upcoming MacBook Pro with a Retina display, a super high-resolution IPS display branded similarly to those seen in the iPhone 4S (with a pixel density of 326 pixels per inch) and third generation iPad (at 264 PPI). ABC News has verified the rumor with their own, unnamed sources, and they say that the new iMac will also get the Retina display treatment.
I want a huge magazine-quality display on my desk as much as the next tech blogger. I really do. But will we be seeing 26-27″ displays with absurdly high display resolutions? One one hand, Apple managed to scale the iPhone 4/4S’ Retina display to iPad proportions. On the other, I can’t imagine the yield rates of a 27″ Retina panel being terribly good. There are just so many pixels to potentially botch.
That said, there’s still the matter of HiDPI display modes embedded into Apple’s recent versions of Mac software, along with high resolution icons, all seemingly tailor-made for fullsize Retina action. Either Apple’s planning long-term for Macs with Retina displays or it’s somewhere in Cupertino’s pipeline.
Apple’s delivered on “impossible” before. According to Rhoda Alexander of iSuppli in an interview with Wired, the iPad had a display panel reject rate of 50% “at the point when the iPad 1 was released.” Lets not forget the Retina displays that Apple has produced, first on the iPhone and then on the larger iPad. Apple may push for the technology.
What would you do with, say, a 5120 by 2280 screen (double the 27″ iMac’s resolution)? Cue up some vector graphics? Watch HD Netflix in 4 windows? Cringe when you Skype with your friends at VGA resolution? Let us know what you’d do, in the comments section below.