Apple's iPhone is the only device sporting a Retina Display, but that might eventually change.
Apple blog Macrumors today revealed a discovery in Mountain Lion's new Messages beta application that hints at the company bringing Retina Displays to Macs. The blog, which didn't venture a guess on which Macs would sport the high-resolution display, pointed to Messages' developer resources that have the same "@2x modifier" used in images for iOS. When developers add that modifier, they can display high-resolution images that accommodate the Retina Display's higher pixel density.
The standard 15-inch MacBook Pro ships with a 1440x900-pixel display. With a Retina Display, that resolution could jump to as high as 2880x1800. Such a high-resolution display would outpace Apple's $999 27-inch Thunderbolt Display, which comes in at 2560x1440. The company's 17-inch MacBook Pro ships with a 1920x1200 LED-backlit display.
Whether or not Macrumors' discovery means that Apple will actually be launching a Retina Display for Macs remains to be seen. Apple is notoriously secretive, and the blog's data was taken from a developer preview of an operating system that has about half a year of development left before it launches. Furthermore,might mean the 2x modifier was temporarily borrowed from its mobile operating system.
Still, this isn't the first time we've heard about the possibility of a ultra-high-resolution display coming to Macs. In December, Digitimes reported, citing sources, thatfeaturing a 2,800 x 1,800 display. The blog said that the device could launch as early as next quarter.
Apple did not immediately respond to CNET's request for comment on Macrumors' find.