It took Apple one year to paint a Retina display on the iPad mini. As of now, only the razer-thin MacBook Air hasn’t joined the cool kids at the high-resolution party.
Maybe, just maybe, it'll get the party invite this year.
Daniel Matte, an analyst with market research firm Canalys, penned his thoughts on the possibility of a Retina display on this year’s MacBook Air, pointing towards a 12in model with a resolution of 2732 x 1536 pixels. This resolution shares the exact pixel density of 264 pixels per inch as the current iPad Air, making it a suitable alternative for iFans who want a larger display than a tablet.
More importantly, modeling after the iPad Air or iPad mini means that the same technology could be used on the refreshed MacBook Air. The economies of scale and supply chain accustomed to the high demand for the Retina iPads can transfer easily to the production of the 2014 MacBook Air. But like the refreshed iPad mini with Retina display, the additional cost of a high-resolution display could deal your wallet a pretty hard slap.
Not so for photographers - they’ll most likely take the bait and shell out that extra cash to get more pixels in order to view their masterpieces on an ultra light and slim workstation.
Us too. Who wouldn’t love more pixels when the top 10 movies of 2014 are available on iTunes?