Retinal Displays Come For Macs With OS X Lion?

Posted: Feb 25 2011, 12:02pm CST | by , in Rumors | Apple


Retinal Displays Come for Macs With OS X Lion?
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Could your next Mac have a retinal display? Apple pushed the technology hard in the iPhone 4, but due to the massive processor strain of such technology it seemed far off for the iPad. However, a full-sized Mac has plenty of power to push a retinal display. And it doesn't have to worry about battery life going down as a result either. MacStories has found evidence that Apple may be eyeing a retinal display for future Macs.


Sifting through an early developer build of OS X Lion revealed references to HiDPI display nodes. It looks like developers will need to design UI elements in two sizes, one as normal and then one twice as large for the retinal display. This is how things work for the iPhone 4 and, if we see retinal Macs, there's no reason to believe Apple would take a different tact.


Since the MacBook Pros have already launched- sans improved display, this change seems likely to pop up next in a Mac refresh. That would remove the processor and battery strain concerns that a mobile device brings.

This move towards resolution independence may not herald an immediate push towards retinal monitors, but it certainly paves the way for them. Developers will now only need to provide their UI objects in two sizes, as opposed to creating a different bitmap for every different resolution size supported. To see the HiDPI mode yourself, you'll need to enable the option in Lion's Quartz Debug mode.

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