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

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Samuel Axon

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The seventh beta of macOS Monterey includes references to new screen resolutions suitable for the MacBook Pro line, as discovered by Nerdshala.


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

The aspect ratio for these new resolutions is very close to the current aspect ratio on the MacBook Pro computers sold today, but they are lower than what we currently see in the iMac line, suggesting they are not meant for Apple’s desktops. Furthermore, the numbers fit well with moving towards the true 2x retina, as opposed to the scaling approach currently used for retina displays.

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It may be a mistake, but timing is convenient. macOS Monterey is expected to launch this fall with new MacBook Pro models that include custom-designed Apple silicon that is the rapid successor to Apple’s much-lauded M1 chips in the recent refresh of lower-end Macs and the iPad Pro. Will be

If reports from Bloomberg and elsewhere are to be believed, the new laptops will also include Mini LED displays, comparable to the display technology currently used in Mac laptops, as well as additional ports such as HDMI or SD card slots. Provides better contrast. These devices will also drop the Touch Bar, which some users love but others hate in favor of returning to the physical function keys. The 13-inch MacBook Pro will probably see fewer bezels, making it a 14-inch MacBook Pro. (A similar change a few years ago replaced the 15-inch MacBook Pro with the 16-inch model.)

So the increased screen resolution joins a plethora of other potential changes that will make up for the MacBook Pro’s most significant redesign since the first Touch Bar model in 2016.

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

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