At the Intel Developer Forum Intel’s Vice President and General Manager of the PC Client Group Kirk Skaugen revealed that Intel’s Ivy Bridge processors are built to support Retina display like resolution. It means that more likely Apple is working on MacBook Pro’s with Retina Displays.
“Retina display” actually is marketing term made by Apple to describe a screen where you can’t see pixels at an average usage distance with 20/20 vision (if you have good vision you still won’t see any pixels).
Rumors already started when Apple introduced iPhone 4 with retina display back in 2010 but there were no technological substantiation behind this. All rumors were based on people’s desires rather than leaked information from insiders. The thing is that Retina like display has much more pixels than regular display and it results in higher power consumption.
Let’s put it into perspective: if previous generation MacBook Pro’s would come with Retina like display we would have to deal with poorer battery life or with heavier and bigger laptop because there would be need for more batteries to power this display to maintain the same battery life.
Apple will obviously use Intel’s Ivy Bridge processors in its next Macs and as Ivy Bridge processors consumes 30% less power so it’s ideal time to bring Retina like displays on stage and still keep the 7 hour battery life. The upcoming Ivy Bridge processors, without help from discrete graphics processors, supports resolution up to 2560-by-1600 pixels, current Intel processors with built in graphic can support up to 2048-by-1536 pixels. Ivy Bridge provided display resolution is four times greater than current resolution found in the 13-inch MacBook Pro. While current MacBook Pro display still looks good the Retina display would make it blush.
15 and 17-inch MacBook Pro’s will more likely have discrete graphics to power so high resolution screen and to offer addition GPU processing power for games and other graphics demanding tasks.
According to Kirk Skaugen, Intel’s Vice President and General Manager of the PC Client Group, the Ivy Bridge processors are set to launch by the end of April. Apple is the first company in the line to get Ivy Bridge processors according to their agreements so only times will shows when first MacBook Pro’s with retina display will be released. One more thing that we should not is that there were several clues found in upcoming OS X Mountain Lion that point to retina sized graphics. OS X Mountain Lion will be released this summer and probably the new MacBook Pro’s along it.
Like Retina displays for New iPad the ones for the MacBook Pro will be made by Samsung Display as there are no other companies who could make this kind of displays while keeping power consumption low.