We had a strong feeling they were coming, and now Apple has all but confirmed it for us, perhaps accidentally, perhaps on purpose.
The tech world has been led to believe – through several leaks and reports – that Apple will be launching a new range of MacBook Pro and iMac computers next month at its Worldwide Developer Conference event in San Francisco.
The big upgrade is in the screen – super high resolution ‘Retina Displays’ will apparently be used, mirroring the tech used on the latest iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch products. The Wall Street Journal has confirmed it, as has Reuters.
And now Apple has. But surely Apple wouldn’t let out its own secret? The Cupertino Company has just sent out a minor update to OS X, the operating system running on all Mac computers. Hidden away within that update is a small yet strange change – the resolution used in the logo for the TextEdit program has jumped dramatically from 512 x 512 to 1024 x 1024.
Now, we’re pretty certain Apple isn’t going to be increasing the overall size of its application icons in OS X, which means only one thing: they want the icons to be sharper and crisper, ready for Macs with displays that have a high resolution.
The same thing has happened with application icons in Mountain Lion, the new and unreleased update to OS X that is currently being tested by developers. Icons for the Launchpad and App Store apps have also made the jump to 1024 x 1024.
Apple is expected by many to announce a new range of MacBook Pro and iMac computers with Retina Displays, faster Intel Core i7 ‘Ivy Bridge’ processors and USB 3.0 connectivity. The MacBook Pro models will be thinner and lighter, losing the CD Drive. Alongside the new Macs Apple will launch OS X 10.8, aka Mountain Lion.