Mac app updated with 'Retina graphics,' adds fuel to rumors
A Mac OS X-based application, FolderWatch, has been updated with support for Retina displays. Is that a hint that Apple will be launching Macs with that feature soon?
All of the talk surrounding the possibility of Apple launching MacBooks with Retina Displays just got a bit more serious.
A Mac OS X-based application today was updated with support for "Retina graphics." The app, FolderWatch, allows users to automatically keep a copy of a project on an external hard drive or file server. It might not be the most obvious choice for a Retina-ready app, but the very fact that it supports the feature is rather interesting.
For months now, we've been hearing rumors that Apple could launch a new line of MacBooks featuring the Retina display found in its iPhone and iPad. The launch could come as soon as Monday when Apple is for a keynote address to kick off the event.
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Earlier this week, the rumor mill's contention that Macs would soon ship with a Retina display were supported by an alleged image of the specs included in a new 15-inch MacBook Pro. The image showed a display measuring 15.4 inches, and featuring a " " with 2,560 pixels x 1,600 pixels.
It's difficult to say whether FolderWatch's addition of Retina graphics is really a smoking gun. Apple is notoriously secretive, and typically doesn't show its hand to anyone until a product is announced. FolderWatch might have either attempted to get out in front of that, or could know something.
Then again, it might be neither option. Apple currently offers high-quality Cinema Displays. The 27-inch option, which costs $999, delivers 2,560 x 1,440 resolution. "Retina" has been tossed around quite a bit in the last couple of years, and at times, it's used by some as an interchangeable phrase with high-definition graphics. It's quite possible that the update had only to do with support for Apple's high-quality Cinema Displays.
CNET has contacted Apple for comment on the update. We will update this story when we have more information.
(Via The Next Web)