Macbooks with Ivy Bridge processors which is almost sure to arrive. Ivy Bridge CPUs from Intel should boost performance and graphics capability on the Macbook Air and Macbook Pro. And because it is more energy efficient, it should also be able to give Macbooks better battery life.
All sorts of news and rumors surround an expected Macbook refresh. Will retina displays be among the coming features?
Another big Apple rumor these days, one that cropped up in December and has refused to go away, is that of the 15-inch Macbook Air. There have been rumors of a 17-inch Macbook Air coming, even, suggesting that the Macbook Air line might eventually take the place of the Macbook Pro models.
A 15-inch Macbook Air would be fantastic, since it would give users a thin-and-light notebook with more screen real estate. Some people need or want larger displays. Some need or want more screens.
So now there’s been some talk on the Macbook Pro and possibly the Macbook Air could soon see a jump in display resolutions to 2880×1800 pixels. Ivy Bridge processors, which is likely to be installed on future Macbooks, in fact might be able to support resolutions as high as 4096×4096.
The resolution of current the Macbook Pro is 1440×900 pixels. When will retina display Macbooks come out? Citing a Digitimes report, websites such as Macrumors report that retina display Macbooks could be in stores by the second quarter of 2012.
This got people really excited. But there are practical considerations in manufacturing computers with higher specs. The Brad McCarty website argues that Apple will be hard pressed to keep prices down. Another consideration is the negative effect of a higher resolution displays would have on battery life. Higher resolution displays could also bump up the weight of the notebook, which would be an issue for buyers of the Macbook Air.
We already know a new OS called Mountain Lion has been seeded to developers and we can expect more integration between OS X, used on Macbooks and desktop Macs, and iOS, used on Apple’s iPhones and iPod Touches. It’s may be just a matter of time before we find out what hardware improvements we’ll be seeing in the near future.
Would you go for a 15- or 17-inch Macbook Air? Would retina display be something you would wish for?