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Apple To Introduce Hi-Res Icons, Wallpapers In Mac OS X Lion

Apple is planning to bring high resolution wallpapers and icons to the upcoming Mac OS X Lion, it has been discovered.

According to a report on OSX Daily (opens in new tab), Mac OS X Lion Developer Preview 2 comes with a new Mount Fuji wallpaper that has a resolution of 3200x3200 pixels. Developers have also discovered that the icons included in the latest Lion build are 1024x1024 pixels in size.

Currently, Apple displays don’t support such high resolution images, indicating that Apple might include support for Retina Display technology in the upcoming Mac OS X Lion. This would be the first time that Apple brings Retina Display to the Mac, as well as Thunderbolt data transfer technology, if the rumor mills are true.

An article on Mac Rumors (opens in new tab) also suggests that Apple has included support for HiDPI display modes in Lion, allowing developers to include extra large images with support for high resolution displays.

The company is expected to unveil the new Mac OS X Lion along with new Mac hardware at the highly anticipated World Wide Developer Conference in May. Apple sold out tickets for its developer conference in just 24 hours.

Rumors about the new software and hardware have led some people to suggest putting off Apple purchases to avoid getting a machine that is immediately out of date.