#retina

Mark Gurman, reporting that OS X Yosemite will likely be coming at the end of October, alongside:

Also in the cards for the Mac side, sources say, are at least a couple of next-generation Mac lines. Sources say that Apple is finishing up work on both a smaller MacBook with a high-resolution display and a new desktop computer, either an iMac or a standalone monitor, with a 4K resolution screen.

The new MacBook will include a Retina Display that is approximately 12-inches diagonally and it will include a much thinner and slightly lighter aluminum body, the sources said. Apple believes that this new Retina MacBook will be a significant step forward in the laptop industry, and it is currently unclear if Apple will label this machine as a smaller MacBook Pro, a new MacBook Air, or as an entirely new line.

Yes, my mythical perfect last laptop. And a 4K monitor (maybe iMac?) to boot — answering this question (though the “retina” question remains). Hold on to your butts.

Marco Arment:

To bring Retina to the 27” iMac and 27” Thunderbolt Display, Apple doesn’t need to wait until 5120×2880 panels are available. They can launch them at the next-lowest common resolution and use software scaling to let people simulate it if they want, or display things slightly larger at perfect native resolution.

That next resolution down, of course, is 4K.

A great explanation of how Apple can do “Retina” desktop displays soon — perhaps very soon — which makes sense to me.

Jason Evangelho:

Last month Dell launched a pair of UltraSharp monitors boasting 4K resolution, and dangled a sweet carrot in front of our early adopting paws: a forthcoming 28-inch Ultra HD monitor that would retail for less than $1000. Today at CES 2014 Dell revealed it, along with an aggressive price tag: $699.

Spec-wise, there are some caveats (like the refresh rate). But that price is pretty amazing. And so you have to wonder: can an Apple “Retina” Cinema Display be far behind? Sure, it may cost 2x what Dell is charging, but I still have imagine we see it at some point this year.

Eric Slivka:

Interestingly, on the latest iOS 7 beta users are no longer even presented with a 1x/2x toggle on non-Retina devices such as the iPad mini, and iPhone apps are instead presented simply as 2x apps taking advantage of Retina assets included in the app package. The result is a much better looking 960x640 app on the iPad’s 1024x768 screen. 

I had been wondering why Apple hadn’t done this before. I never run any app in 1x mode on any iPad, so I welcome this change.

dokital asked:

So if in a year we get a retina iPad mini that has the same resolution as the iPhone 5, how will tablet apps work since those are aimed at the iPad's resolution and size?

Simple: it will be the same resolution as the third and fourth generation iPads — the retina ones. They’ll simply double the resolution of the iPad mini, not target the iPhone 5.

marco

marco:

Why did Apple just release new MacBook Airs, MacBook Pros, and a Retina MacBook Pro, but no new iMacs or Mac Pros? And why are the iMacs probably being updated this year while the Mac Pro update won’t happen for 12–18 months?

Pretty good reasoning, I think. Though, per update #2, I’m fairly surprised Apple will upgrade the iMac without a retina display. Why bother waiting then? Perhaps it’s a completely redesigned device? Still, non-retina would be disappointing in the post-Retina MacBook Pro world. On the other hand, it would likely be a 27” 5120x2880 retina, which sounds insane.