DigiTimes, an ever present spinner of the rumor mill has yet another one for us. (Pinch of salt at the ready, for appropriate seasoning.) The tech publication allegedly has sources in the supply chain who speak of an ultra-high resolution display for the next batch of MacBook Pros. The displays will apparently have a resolution of 2880×1800 setting it some way ahead of any of its PC-making competitors.
The worrying thing for me about this rumor is that it may not be in the best interests of the consumer. Watching 1080p video content on an 1800p display would be like watching standard definition TV shows on a HD TV. It looks worse, not better. The extra lines/pixels show up all the flaws of the lower end image quality. It’s the reason I still haven’t upgraded my TV set to HD, knowing that I need to spend at least £1000 on a decent set, as well as upgrading all my other equipment. I’m better off sticking with my CRT until it dies (it’s a great quality hand-me-down LOEWE).
What do you think? I have the 21.5″ iMac with 1920×1080 display. To me, the resolution is perfect at arms-length view. Wasting processor and battery power on a 13″, 15″ or 17″ screen doesn’t seem worth it for me, when the current displays are adequate. If anything, Apple should focus on improving the contrast ratio, not resolution. It’s proven that the bigger the difference between white and black, the sharper the image looks. And that’s without adding any pixels.