High-DPI Images Found in OS X 10.7.3 Suggest Retina Display Macs May Be Coming

Posted February 7, 2012 at 7:13am by iClarified | Please help us and submit a translation by clicking here | 8885 views

New high-DPI image resources in Mac OS X 10.7.3 suggest that Apple may be getting closer to the release of a Retina Display Mac, notes DaringFireball.

Have you noticed that Safari's hovering-over-a-link pointing-finger cursor looks a little different in Mac OS X 10.7.3? It's not just that the finger is at a slightly different angle - it's a new UI resource that scales gracefully to larger sizes. That's not the only new high-DPI image resource in 10.7.3: the grabby hand in Mail, the camera cursor for selecting an individual window to take a screenshot of, and a few other UI elements got the high-DPI treatment in 10.7.3.

Gruber also notes that Mac Mini owners with HDMI hookups are being rebooted into HiDPI mode after installing 10.7.3, contributing to the hope that Apple will release a HiDPI Mac.

With the release of Mac OS X Lion a single check box enabled "HiDPI" display mode. With this mode enabled, everything is drawn with twice as many pixels as its non-HiDPI equivalent.

In December, DigiTimes reported that Apple may launch a new MacBook Pro with a 2880x1800 display resolution in the second quarter of 2012.

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[Image via FinerThingsIn via MacRumors]

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Pain - February 7, 2012 at 3:25pm
And the difference between those two sets of icons, apart from slight stylistic alterations, is what exactly?
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