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Several times earlier this year, we covered Apple's work on "HiDPI" modes in OS X Lion for supporting ultra high-resolution displays offering greater pixel density with a similar increase in image quality to that seen with the iPhone's transition to a "Retina" display.

With new claims that Apple is set to release a new 15" MacBook Pro offering a resolution of 2880x1800 early next year, Apple's work on its HiDPI software support has also been gaining renewed attention. By doubling the resolution in each dimension over the existing 1440x900 MacBook Pro, Apple would achieve four times the number of pixels and provide developers with an easy way to scale existing artwork.

Evidence of Apple's continued work on HiDPI has shown up in developer builds of OS X 10.7.3, with the "Get Info" window for applications seeing the addition of an "Open in HIDPI mode" checkbox. But while that checkbox would presumably automatically use higher-resolution fonts and graphics that would display at the same absolute size as existing elements, it has not been functional in developer builds where it is present.

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Oh, please. I'd love to have an 21.5 inch iMac with a 3840x2160 resolution, that would be AWESOME thumb.gif

AMD's 7000 series supports 4kx4k which is about 16 million pixels. Does that mean 5120x2880 is possible since it's only 14.7 million pixels?
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Even though I wouldn't be able to fully use it it would still be awesome to have that kind of a rez. smile.gif
     
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Wow, I'm so excited. I think this is obviously in development, but I hope it will be implemented in the next Macbooks.
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But Seriously at that resolution you'd need a folding farms worth of GPU power to play the sims!!
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But Seriously at that resolution you'd need a folding farms worth of GPU power to play the sims!!
You'll sure need some power, but the best thing is you don't need to play at that resolution. Drop it down to 2560x1440 (from 5120x2880) and it'll look the same as it does on a native 1440p panel.

MacBook Pro 13 inch: 1440x900 > 2880x1800 ||| 261 PPI
MacBook Pro 15 inch: 1680x1050 > 3360x2100 | 264 PPI
MacBook Pro 17 inch: 1920x1200 > 3840x2400 | 266 PPI

iMac 21.5 inch: 1920x1080 > 3840x2160 | 204 PPI
iMac 27.0 inch: 2560x1440 > 5120x2880 | 217 PPI


Whatever graphic cards they use will only have to run the game at the lower resolution. Else, you'd need a 7970 for 5120x2880 eek.gif
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Queue Angry Birds in Chrome at +HD resolution
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Im new at this.. but is it possible it's pshopped? xD

If real then it's probably awesome.. My face is only a feet away when using my deskt screen smile.gif (Bad eyes)

Maybe I'll notice this biggrin.gif
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Really hope Microsoft is doing the same for Windows 8. I think the only reason we're still stuck on 1080p monitors is because none of the major OSes can scale properly with DPI, so adding more resolution just makes things smaller, not sharper.
    
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Originally Posted by nathris View Post

Really hope Microsoft is doing the same for Windows 8. I think the only reason we're still stuck on 1080p monitors is because none of the major OSes can scale properly with DPI, so adding more resolution just makes things smaller, not sharper.

 

Opposite, or you're being irony.
 

The point of this is not to make things small and makes thing sharper at the same interface size. It is just more density in details for curve and fonts. So they won't look blurry.

 

Apple already sucessfully done it on iPhone iPad. iphone 3G user interface resolution vs iphone 4. They both look the same size but iphone 4 looks sharper because of higher density.

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For editing photos at this resolution, GUI acceleration, etc. a 112 CUDA core 8800GT is overkill.

For editing video in real time, you'll need a higher end discrete GPU.

The only thing you likely won't do is play games, at least at maximum detail. People on these forums cringe at medium settings.
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