For those still unconvinced of Apple announcing Retina display Macs at this year’s WWDC, maybe the sudden influx of Retina-compliant apps over at the Mac App Store will offer some assurances. The 11 and 13 inch MacBook Air, the 15 inch MacBook Pro, and Apple’s desktop offering – the iMac – are all expected to be blessed with screens of optimal sharpness.
The Retina apps certainly don’t prove anything beyond doubt. After all, it’s quite easy for a developer to update visual elements for Retina compatibility. Having said that, Apple have approved said apps, and it’s currently unknown whether devs behind them have been tipped off, or simply anticipated, that the refresh will bring Retina to the Mac range.
Given the massive improvement in visual quality brought about by the iPad’s Retina implementation back in March, the prospect of such a feature hitting the popular Mac series will likely have many of you foaming at the mouth. The iPhone 4 was the first device to acquaint consumers with the Retina display back in 2010, and many haven’t looked back.
Taking into consideration the increase in battery capacity required to power the third-gen iPad and the subsequent increase in size, it will be interesting to see if Apple manages to adequately power the upcoming devices while also maintaining the slender form factor – particularly within its notebook range. Unlike the iPad, which saw the introduction of an LTE radio, the changes in the MacBook Air and Pro are not expected to be more than incremental, and with the Pro anticipated to ditch the optical drive, all eyes will be on whether the MacBook Air can maintain its strong battery, thin form factor and reasonable power with the colorful, pixel-rich new resident.
Among the Mac apps updated to Retina is FolderWatch, which has been pushed up to version 2.0.4. Lauded as an Apple Staff Favorite a year ago, it may well be that developers have been given a little sensitive, inside information.
Whatever the case, we’ll know a lot more come Monday, and all of us here at Redmond Pie are extremely excited by the prospect of the Retina loveliness finally trickling through to the MacBook Air, Pro, and iMac.
We shall be covering every inch of WWDC in great detail as it breaks, so stay tuned to our coverage!