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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?

FolderWatch has been updated with Retina graphics.
FolderWatch has been updated with Retina graphics.
Screenshot by Don Reisinger/CNET

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 will take the stage at the Worldwide Developers Conference for a keynote address to kick off the event.

Tune in Monday anytime after 8 a.m. PT for our Apple WWDC keynote live blog.

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 "LED-backlit glossy widescreen display" 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)