Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 22nd Jun 2012 18:16 UTC
Apple "Why did Apple just release new MacBook Airs, MacBook Pros, and a Retina MacBook Pro, but no new iMacs or Mac Pros? And why are the iMacs probably being updated this year while the Mac Pro update won't happen for 12-18 months? As usual, I have some guesses." Good points.
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Comment by smashIt
by smashIt on Fri 22nd Jun 2012 19:19 UTC
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nice read but he is wrong on the retina-part

those displays have been around for more than 10 years now and the big question is not availability but price (and apple wants it cheap)

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RE: Comment by smashIt
by tony on Sun 24th Jun 2012 04:25 in reply to "Comment by smashIt"
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2005-07-06

nice read but he is wrong on the retina-part

those displays have been around for more than 10 years now and the big question is not availability but price (and apple wants it cheap)


2880x1800 resolution displays in 15 inch form factor? There's never been a laptop display like that before.

1920x1200 (and more recently 1920x1080) has been the highest rez you could get on most laptops for 10 years or so, that actually became more rare over the past few years.

To get more than 1920x1200, you'd have to go to a 27 inch display usually (and most 27 inch displays are actually 1920x1200/1080).

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RE[2]: Comment by smashIt
by smashIt on Sun 24th Jun 2012 16:00 in reply to "RE: Comment by smashIt"
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2005-07-06

2880x1800 resolution displays in 15 inch form factor? There's never been a laptop display like that before.


the panel doesn't care if it's put into a stand-alone device or a laptop

but for the panel you can take a look at the ibm t220 from 2001
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IBM_T220/T221

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RE[2]: Comment by smashIt
by zima on Mon 25th Jun 2012 15:31 in reply to "RE: Comment by smashIt"
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1920x1200 (and more recently 1920x1080) has been the highest rez you could get on most laptops for 10 years or so, that actually became more rare over the past few years.

How exactly do you figure it became rarer?

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RE[2]: Comment by smashIt
by Kivada on Tue 26th Jun 2012 06:55 in reply to "RE: Comment by smashIt"
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You could get 15" the Thinkpad R50P, an NEC Versa Pro NX VA20S/AE or NEC LaVie G Type C at 2048x1536 a decade ago:
http://arstechnica.com/civis/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=555206
http://forum.thinkpads.com/viewtopic.php?t=43774

So no, we are just now catching back up to where we where years ago with pixel density tech.

As for "most" laptops on the market today, They are running the pitiful resolution of 1366x768, not by choice of the buyer, but because the companies got very cheap and only offer that resolution unless you are paying for a gaming class notebook when even the most crappy of today's IGPs can handle a much higher resolution for non 3d tasks. You'd think they'd go for 1280x800 instead since at least then 720p video wouldn't look distorted by being stretched across pixels.

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