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Intel Looking Toward Retina Display PCs by 2013

As reported by Liliputing (via Electronista), Intel is envisioning the high-resolution "Retina" displays pushed by Apple in its iOS devices as the future of PCs, with comments at its Intel Developer Forum in Beijing noting that the company is supporting those plans with its chips.


Specifically, Intel sees handheld and tablet devices targeting resolutions in the range of 300 pixels per inch (ppi), while notebook computers target roughly 250 ppi and all-in-one desktop computers register around 220 ppi.
So here’s what Intel sees happening in the computer space over the next few years:

- Phones and media players with 5 inch, 1280 x 800 pixel displays (this is already happening)
- Tablets with 10 inch, 2560 x 1440 pixel displays
- Ultrabooks with 11 inch, 2560 x 1440 pixel displays
- Ultrabooks with 13 inch, 2800 x 1800 pixel displays
- Laptops with 15 inch, 3840 x 2160 pixel displays
- All-in-one desktops with 3840 x 2160 pixel displays
As noted by 9to5Mac, Intel executive Kirk Skaugen specifically referred to these displays by the "Retina" term coined by Apple at the introduction of the iPhone 4 back in 2010. In his presentation, Skaugen mentioned that Intel's third-generation Core i-Series processors (also known as Ivy Bridge) will support Retina displays if manufacturers choose to offer them. This support is not new, however, as he also noted that the current second-generation Core i-Series chips (Sandy Bridge) also support Retina displays, although Ivy Bridge will mark a significant leap forward in graphics support.

Apple is of course rumored to be working toward releasing Retina-capable Macs, as evidenced by support for the "HiDPI" mode showing up in OS X Lion and Mountain Lion. Rumors have suggested that an updated 15-inch MacBook Pro set to appear in the near future could indeed carry a 2880x1800 screen capable of utilizing HiDPI mode to display sharper content.

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31 months ago
Apple leads and the rest follows
Rating: 46 Votes
31 months ago

Just think of what would happen if this technology came to TVs. Ultra Blu Ray?


A tv is actually retina, you can't see pixels on a TV, you watch tv far away form the screen already
Rating: 21 Votes
31 months ago

Apple leads and the rest follows


And Samsung gets zero recognition for making the display.

Give credit where its due.
Rating: 20 Votes
31 months ago

And Samsung gets zero recognition for making the display.

Give credit where its due.


Did Apple take credit for making the Retina...no...they are taking credit for being the first to offer it in their devices.

Learn the difference.
Rating: 14 Votes
31 months ago

But I want them noooooooooooooow!

In my MacBook Air.


Apple is usually a year or two ahead of the competition....so don't be surprised if they come out soon...maybe even in a month.

He worded this carefully....Skaugen mentioned that Intel's third-generation Core i-Series processors (also known as Ivy Bridge) will support Retina displays if manufacturers choose to offer them.


He's putting that on the manufacturers.
:)
Rating: 13 Votes
31 months ago
I wonder if this will be the start of mass reports of yellowing displays, excessive dead pixels & color uniformity issues. :p

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Just think of what would happen if this technology came to TVs. Ultra Blu Ray?


4K blu-ray but there's currently no content.

Upconverting is not optimal and a waste of a good display without the proper source.
Rating: 12 Votes
31 months ago
Given all the hype for 2012 Apple products, the rumors of a big MacBook Pro refresh and Retina Display graphics in OS X Lion, I'd be surprised if all new MacBooks don't have Retina Displays.

Can you imagine a 27" Retina Thunderbolt display? If they times the current resolution by 4 it's be 10240 x 5760 pixels! That's 58,982,400 pixels!

. . . Okay, maybe that won't get upgraded any time soon.
Rating: 11 Votes
31 months ago

I'm still sad they dumped the resolution independence and went down the hi-dpi route instead. One size does not fit all...


Yeah but I'd rather Hi-DPI though. Resolution independence works great for interface elements, but not for webpages. You'd end up with pixelated images on webpages if they are increased in size (i.e. zooming a webpage).

Least with Hi-DPI everything is sharper, and while images may not be optimised for double resolution, they won't look any less worse than they do on a non-retina display.
Rating: 11 Votes
31 months ago
But I want them noooooooooooooow!

In my MacBook Air.
Rating: 11 Votes
31 months ago

I don't want 1920x1200 on a 15" screen, elements are small enough on 1680x1050!

Maybe it is just me, but I like things being the size they are at 1440x900 on a 15" screen. I was happy for 2880x1800 for the 15" being the rumoured resolution!


I'm still sad they dumped the resolution independence and went down the hi-dpi route instead. One size does not fit all...
Rating: 11 Votes

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