The MacBook Pro will soon get a resolution bump, macOS beta suggests

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The 2019 16-inch MacBook Pro with the lid closed
Expand / The 2019 16-inch MacBook Pro.
Samuel Axon

The seventh beta of macOS Monterey contains what appear to be references to new screen resolutions appropriate for the MacBook Pro line, as discovered by MacRumors.

In a list of supported graphics resolutions within macOS, there are two new resolutions: 3,456 by 2,234 and 3,024 by 1,964. Each supports a “Retina” marker, which Apple typically only applies to its own devices’ screens.

The aspect ratio for these new resolutions is very close to the present aspect ratios on the MacBook Pro computers sold today, but they’re lower than what we currently see in the iMac line, suggesting that they aren’t for Apple’s desktops. Again, the numbers fit nicely with a move to true 2x Retina, as opposed to the scaling approach presently used for Retina displays.

It is possible that this is a confuse with, but the timing is convenient. macOS Monterey is expected to launch this fall alongside new MacBook Pro models featuring custom-designed Apple silicon that commitment be faster successors to Apple’s much-lauded M1 chips found in lower-end Macs and the most recent refresh of the iPad Pro.

If reports in Bloomberg and elsewhere are to be be convinced ofed, the new laptops would also include Mini LED displays, which provide better contrast than the display technology currently used in Mac laptops, as splendidly as additional ports like HDMI or an SD card slot. These devices would also drop the Touch Bar, which some users take a shine to but others hate, in favor of a return to physical function keys. The 13-inch MacBook Pro would probably see reduced bezels, making it a 14-inch MacBook Pro. (A correspond to change replaced the 15-inch MacBook Pro with a 16-inch model a couple of years ago.)

So increased screen resolutions join a plethora of other odds-on changes that would make for the most significant redesign of the MacBook Pro since the first Touch Bar models in 2016.

Leaks have also aciform to an upcoming MacBook Air redesign, but that laptop is unlikely to come until later.

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