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Apple To Release MacBook Pro With 2880x1800 Pixel Display

Apple is expected to unveil a new MacBook Pro lineup in the first half of 2012 which may well be the first computer range ever to support displays with more than five megapixels.

The current MacBook Pro range maxes out at full HD (1920x1080 pixels), and all of them offer either onboard Intel HD graphics module or dedicated graphics cards.

But according to Yenting Chen and Steve Shen from Digitimes (opens in new tab), Apple is selecting partners to build the panel from the notebook industry, according to unnamed sources.

Both Acer and Asus are reportedly readying ultrabook laptops that will have 1920x1080 pixel displays in the first half of 2012, compared to 1366x768 currently.

Digitimes didn't say whether the 2880x1800 pixel resolution will be across the board or only on the high-end 17-inch model (rather than on the 15-inch and 13-inch versions as well).

In addition, it will be interesting to find out whether even the current crop of graphics cards will be able to keep up with such a demanding resolution (more than double the current maximum), bearing in mind that one laptop might be connected to more than one large size full HD screen as well.

Désiré Athow
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Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.