Pointing towards one of the smallest Mac OS X user interface changes possible, Daring Fireball illustrates that Apple could potentially be pretty close to releasing high definition displays. Shedding some light on the improvements that were, for example, recently made to the finger pointer in the latest update to OS X, 10.7.3, it is suggested that Apple could be making these changes, in part due to improvements in Universal Access for OS X, but also in preparation for the release of HiDPI or, super high resolution displays.
The finger pointer change concept stems from the fact that changes were made to the hovering cursor in the changeover from OS X 10.7.2 to 10.7.3. The pointer is now available in a higher resolution which scales up automatically when using the zoom window function. The reasons for doing this are, at the moment, unclear. It could simply be attention to detail or, something a little more intriguing in the form of Macs with Retina Display.
The rumors about high resolution Macs have been circulating for a while and were given a close look back in July 2011 when it was noted that several HiDPI display modes started to pop up in XCode for Mac OS X builds seeded to Developers. The HiDPI modes were thought to be a placemark for future Retina Display support in Macs and, indeed, as a result of the latest updates in 10.7.3, the concept doesn’t seem so far-fetched.