Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 17th Dec 2011 00:17 UTC
Apple Apple makes the best consumer laptops. For me, there's absolutely no denying that this is the case. Apple has had this lead over the competition since the iBook G3 Dual USB 12.1" and 14", and has never lost it. Right now, the rumour mill is abuzz about Apple supposedly prepping to launch a MacBook Pro with a retina display - 2880x1800.
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I guess the problem is there just aren't enough of us to justify the cost to keep the 16:10 with high resolution screens alive.

More specifically, you and many here whine that the vast majority of 'commoner' users are perfectly happy with the present widespread resolutions, basically topping at 1080p, and won't fund your craving (how dare they?!).

"Very high res" screens didn't really become that much rarer[1] than they were (always very rare, popping up here and there sometimes), didn't really become that much more expensive[2]. They primarily just stayed in place - and looking increasingly "bad" especially in comparison to how the presently popular sizes galloped forward, rapidly dropped their prices and dramatically increased availability.

Which means 1080p as the "high baseline" on typical screens, and on smaller - something between that at best, and what would be a proportionally lower res.
If not having "very high res" screens at mass-market prices is so unbearable... too bad, you just have to wait a short decade+, maybe two; standard manufacturing processes should be dictated by then by "postHD" TVs: ...or will 7680x4320 at mass-market prices also prove not good enough by then?
(though TBH, I suspect the present HDTV might as well end up "good enough" - like it ended up with CDs - in which case ...oh well, pay up!)

1. Perhaps when seen as % vs. the exploding, in the last decade, overall number of "normal" PCs; plus maybe becoming more niche by the virtue of many past "target users" coming to conclusion that they are happy with "standard 1080p"*
2. Heck, inflation alone could be responsible for large part of perceived increases ...while (*for various reasons) their economies of scale ~stayed in place at best; possibly also competing for manufacturing resources etc. vs. what really sells & keeps the production lines going.

Edited 2011-12-24 23:02 UTC

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