Recent reports have suggested that the Mac will soon be on the receiving end of high pixel density displays, according to some new, double resolution images found in the second Developer build of OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion. The high resolution artwork indicates that Macs could soon come with a HiDPI mode, essentially Retina Display, meaning that their screens would have a much greater density of pixels packed into the same area.
While this is an exciting prospect, it’s actually pretty surprising that it hasn’t been done up until now. The iPhone 4 was the first to receive Retina Display capability, swiftly followed by the iPhone 4S and, more recently, the new iPad. However, these are mobile devices that are subject to much greater limitations on internal component capacity than Macs are. What is worth noting, however, is that in order for Apple to accomplish this, the majority of the internal volume of the new iPad is now comprised of battery. And how could Apple achieve this in the MacBook Pro? You guessed right. Drop the CD/DVD drive.
If you open up your MacBook Pro, or indeed pop over to where the efficient folks at iFixit have already done the hard work, you’ll notice that the SuperDrive CD/DVD drive in the MacBook Pro takes up an enormous amount of space. Ditch that drive and replace it with battery, and you have a MacBook Pro with enough battery capacity to support a high pixel density display for a significant amount of time. This is exactly what Apple will be looking to do. In addition, with the optical drive gone, the long rumored revamp of the MacBook Pro design is free to move ahead into MacBook Air territory.
So don’t be surprised if the next MacBook Pro you see will be a thinner, lighter, MacBook Air like model with a super high resolution display, bigger battery and sans optical drive. A new 15 inch model has been rumored for a launch next month…
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