Though Apple’s (NASDAQ:AAPL) ground-breaking achievement of a 2880 x 1800 retina display on the next-gen MacBook Pro has Mac worshipers in paroxysms of drool, it’s important to look down the line at Apple’s game plan for the rest of the MacBook and Mac models, or so says Cult of Mac.
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That’s because the new Macbook Pro’s Retina Display translates to an astonishing 220 pixels per inch, and quite clearly Apple has set the bar very, very high – even for itself. Given the normal viewing distance of 24 inches from a Macbook Pro screen, Apple technically needed a resolution of only 1920 x 1200 in its display for it to qualify as ‘retina,’ according to Cult of Mac. The actual resolution provided by Apple exceeds this ‘qualifier’ by a whopping two million pixels.
So, what was Apple thinking? Quite simply, the company that Jobs built wanted to make the most wondrous Mac displays possible – by doubling resolution for all the models — as it did with the iPhone and iPad.
Applying the same standards used on existing Retina devices, here’s how the rest of Apple’s Retina lineup would likely compare to the baseline — that is, the minimum number of pixels required to qualify as ‘Retina.’
- 15” Macbook Pro: 154 percent above baseline
- 13” Macbook Air: 163 percent above baseline
- 21” iMac: 167 percent above baseline
- 11” Macbook Air: 173 percent above baseline
- 27” iMac: 177 percent above baseline
The math makes something quite clear – the next-gen Macbook Pro is just an opening gambit, praiseworthy for sure, but it will pale in comparison to the no-holds-barred-pixel-ratios likely on the 11-inch Air and 27-inch iMac.
Make no mistake, the rest of the industry may never catch up, but Apple is certain to outdo itself in the not-too-distant future, which could make early MacBook Pro buyers regret their decisions in the near term.
Still, if Apple does in fact have a whole Retina lineup waiting in the wings, the TV industry better sit up and take notice. The resolution on the 21-inch iMac equates to a 4K HDTV, currently priced at over $36,000! The 27-inch iMacs could simply mean endgame for these products.
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