WWDC brings Retina Display MacBook Pro, Mountain Lion, and iOS 6

Apple CEO Tim Cook and company took the stage at WWDC yesterday, and they had plenty of new things to show off including an all new, thinner MacBook pro with a Retina Display, new features in Mountain Lion, and a slew of news features in the reveal of iOS 6.

Next generation 15-inch MacBook Pro ($2199)

  • 2880 x 1800 resolution display
  • Quad-core 2.3GHz Core i7 processor
  • 8GB 1600MHz DDR3 RAM
  • 256GB flash storage
  • Nvidia GT 650M graphics with 1GB memory
  • 2x USB 3.0, 2x Thunderbolt, HDMI

iOS 6

  • All-new custom maps with turn-by-turn navigation and 3D flyover
  • Improved and expanded Siri (coming to new iPad)
  • Facebook now built-in like Twitter
  • Passbook app to hold gift/loyalty cards, and tickets (plane, movie, etc.)
  • Facetime over cellular
  • Coming in the fall

OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion

  • Launches in July for $19.99
  • System-level Facebook integration
  • System and software updates while asleep with Power Nap
  • Revamped and streamlined syncing with iCloud
  • Over 200 new features

Apple also refreshed the regular MacBook Pro and MacBook Air lines with Ivy Bridge processors.

These are just the big announcements and updates. For more information on Mountain Lion, both The Verge and ArsTechnica have great previews from earlier in the year.

The full WWDC 2012 keynote is available for viewing at Apple.com.

Source: Apple | Further Reading: The Verge

LG Display announces 5″ 1080p display for late 2012 release

If 720p phones or “Retina” displays just aren’t good enough for you, LG Display has you covered. The display manufacturing branch of LG is set to produce a 1080p 5″ panel for mobile devices by the second half of 2012. For those of you who value pixel density over resolution and size, that’s 440ppi – a statistic that puts the iPhone 4/4S’s 330ppi “Retina” display and the HTC Rezound/Vigor’s 342ppi 720p display to shame.

The panel will also debut LG’s AH-IPS (Advanced High Performance In-Plane Switching) technology, which promises to improve on IPS’s traditionally subpar response time and increase brightness efficiency. For more technical details, check out Engadget’s original post which includes LG’s press release.

Source: Engadget

MacBook Pro rumored to get ultra-thin design, retina display, USB 3.0 this summer, Nvidia graphics confirmed

Rumors have been swirling for years that a new MacBook Pro is on the way that would ditch the optical drive and even an even more svelte package in the wake of the MacBook Air’s success. It looks like those rumblings are finally coming to fruition with those in the know now pointing to a summer release for an all-new notebook from Apple.

The latest information comes out of 9to5 Mac, and here’s the rundown of rumored features:

  • All-new ultra-thin design, yet not tapered like the MacBook Air
  • High resolution, retina-style display running at 2880 x 1800
  • Native USB 3.0 support thanks to Intel’s new Ivy Bridge chipset

These are the rumored features, but one confirmed component is Nvidia graphics. The Verge, corroborated by ABC News, say that the new machines will in fact use a Nvidia chipset likely based on the GeForce 650m “Kepler” architecture. A reference to specific chipset where also located by 9to5 Mac

Other small rumored tidbits include the relocation of the power button from the outskirts of the keyboard to on the keyboard itself similar to the current MacBook Air design, and the removal of the built-in ethernet port due to size constraints.

The newly redesigned MacBook Pro is rumored to hit sometime this summer, with WWDC in June acting as a well-timed stage for the announcement.

Source: 9to5 Mac – The Verge (1, 2) – ABC News

Next-gen Pixel Qi screen to be ultra high resolution, ‘better than iPad 3 display’

Next generation Pixel Qi display

Pixel Qi display technology has been demonstrated and talked about for years, but it has yet to make it to the market in any meaningful capacity. While this trend doesn’t look to be changing in the short-term, the technology continues to mature, and if Pixel Qi is to be believed, it is more than on par with the current best screens on the market.

The next generation Pixel Qi display is said to offer the same 2048×1536 display on the new iPad, and the company goes on to say that the technology can “match or exceed the image quality of the screen in the iPad 3.” All of this is said to be possible while drawing up to 100 times less power than the new iPad 8Watt power draw.

Pixel Qi says it is now in the process of finalizing partners for use of this next generation technology. The company also included a graph that pits the power use of its E-Ink-esque technology against that of traditional displays.

Source: Pixel Qi

The new iPad announced: Starts at $499 with 2056×1536 resolution screen

iPad 3

Apple held its now annual iPad event yesterday, and the new iPad delivers on almost all of the rumors leading up to being unveiled. The new iPad– notably not called the iPad 3 –is set to be available on March 16, and it is packing some serious technology.

Here’s the big spec rundown:

  • 2056×1536 resolution “Retina” display
  • New A5X processor with dual-core CPU and quad-core GPU
  • 5 MP rear camera (same as seen on iPhone 4S)
  • 4G LTE now available in-place of 3G

Pricing of $499, $599, and $699 for 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB models has been retained, as has the $129 markup for mobile connectivity enabled versions. Also, the iPad 2 is sticking around in a 16GB flavor at a lowered price point of $399.

Outside of the new screen, the hardware itself is almost indistinguishable from its older counterpart. It is slightly thicker and heavier, .76mm and .1lbs more respectively, with a slightly more promised taper on the edges. Due to a new 42.5 watt hour battery, compared to the iPad 2′s 25  watt hour variety, 10 hours of battery life is retained from older models.

Apple also launched iOS 5.1 and showed off a number of apps, both new and old that take advantage of the high resolution display on the new iPad. All stock apps will get the “Retina Display” treatment, and iPhoto is now available for $4.99 on the App Store.

The Apple TV also received a hardware update that packs the A5 chip and 1080p support for the same price of $99. HD movies on iTunes are now also in 1080p.

The new iPad is now available for preorder, and the full announcement event video is on Apple’s site.

Source: Apple

iPad 3 Retina Display ‘confirmed’ by MacRumors

The Apple rumor mill is in overdrive this week, but the latest seems to be one of the most concrete reports yet on the upcoming iteration of the iPad. MacRumors has published an article that claims they’ve gotten their hands on an iPad 3 display and have tested it to the best of their ability. The above picture is a comparison of the lit pixels on an iPad 2 and this supposed iPad 3 screen (at the same magnification), which clearly shows 16 pixels in a 4×4 arrangement in the same footprint as 4 pixels in a 2×2 arrangement. Logic would follow that the length and width of the screen have thus doubled, which corroborates previous rumors of a 2048×1536 display.

While there’s no guarantee that the tested display is in fact produced for an iPad 3, sound measurements and photographic evidence seem much more solid than reports from “anonymous tipsters”.

Source: MacRumors

2880×1800 resolution MacBook Pro rumored for 2012

Rumors of high resolution tablets are commonplace these days, but the concept on desktop and notebook computers hasn’t captured much traction. That may be starting to change with the latest rumor about a “Retina Display” type screen heading to Apple’s notebook line.

According to Digitimes, Apple may be readying a 2880×1800 resolution MacBook Pro for next year.

Apple is likely to launch its new MacBook Pro lineup with a display resolution of 2880 by 1800 in the second quarter of 2012, setting a new round of competition for panel specifications in the notebook industry, according to sources in the upstream supply chain.

Lion high DPI support

The 2880×1800 is double that of the standard 1440×900 resolution used on current 15″ MacBook Pros.

Much like the concept of a 960×640 resolution 3.5″ screen before the iPhone 4, this seems somewhat far fetched. Upon deeper inspection, the technology to support this type of screen is either in-place, or coming soon. Lion already has support for high resolution screens with 3200×2000 desktop wallpapers, 1024×1024 pixel icons, and accurate text rendering. On the graphics chip front, Intel’s Ivy Bridge integrated graphics are set to support 4096×4096 resolution output upon release in Q2 next year.

Source: Digitimes | Via: MacRumors | Image: ArsTechnica

Samsung rumored to try and beat Apple to market with high-res tablet

It’s no secret that Apple is working on bringing 2048×1536 resolution version of the iPad to market. This rumors have been swirling since before the launch of the iPad earlier this year, but it seems like a lock for the iPad 3 early next year.

One of the latest rumors in the space suggests that Samsung may be looking to beat Apple to market with its own high resolution tablet. The rumor pegs Samsung’s offering at 2560×1600, a comparable pixel density of 260 dots per inch compared to a high-res iPad 3′s 263 dpi due to screen size discrepancies (11.6 inches vs. 97 inches respectively). This could be possible as Samsung has been a supplier of many of Apple’s screens over the years.

The Boy Genius Report reads as follows:

Even though the tablet features a larger display than Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 10.1, we’re told that the tablet is “barely larger” due to the fact the slate will have a thinner bezel with a whopping 2560 x 1600 resolution, 11.6-inch screen with a 16:10 aspect ratio.

Samsung has previously produced a small screen at this resolution in May, but it used the poorly regarded PenTile screen technology. Latest rumors say Apple will likely launch its “Retina Display” iPad 3 in March or April, but could release at as early as February 2012.

Source: Boy Genius Report | Via: MacRumors

Wall Street Journal pegs Retina Display-equiipped iPad for early 2012

It’s Apple rumor time again. iPad 3 rumors have been swirling since early Spring that Apple intended to launch the iPad 3 late this year. Those rumblings died down over the summer, but returned in force last week with several reports that Apple’s suppliers were unable to scale production on the purported 2048 x 1536 resolution screen set for use in the next iteration.

The latest word out of the Wall Street Journal is that Apple is now planning on an early 2012 launch for its double-resolution iPad 3. The report states that Apple has already ordered 1.5 million units for production in Q4 2011, with a ramp in output in early 2012 as an acceptable hardware yield rate is achieved. The WSJ attributes this information to “people familiar with the situation,” the ridiculous, yet almost de-facto source among tech blogs in recent years.

While these kinds of rumors are all too common, especially when it come to Apple, the Wall Street Journal has a long pedigree of reporting accurate information. It is widely believed that Apple uses the WSJ to perform controlled leaks of information regarding their future products. Regardless of how the WSJ gets their information, their track record elevates this rumor beyond the standard blogosphere fare.

Source: Wall Street Journal