iPad 3 release date, followed by “Retina” MacBook Pro?
A new rumor is suggesting that Apple will release an improved MacBook Pro next quarter, right after the release of the “Retina iPad 3.”
One of the rumored features of the iPad 3 is the “Retina” display, or the high-resolution screen with more pixels per inch. For the not-so-geeky readers, a screen is “Retina,” according to Apple, if it features at least 326ppi (the pixel density of the iPhone 4 and the iPhone 4S with 3.5-inch screen) that will hide the ugly pixels while reading books, watching movies or browsing the web.
Well, aside from the iPad 3, a new rumor suggests that the next-generation MacBook Pro will arrive next quarter (April, May or June) sporting the Retina screen too. According to hit-or-miss tech site Digitimes, Cupertino’s pride may be preparing for the launch of a new MacBook Pro with ultra high-resolution of 2880×1800 pixels and the new models will go on sale as early as second quarter of this year, hmm, so no iPhone 5 release date in Q2?
Meanwhile, MacRumors analyzes the rumor, and it links the Ivy Bridge’s 4096×4096 support and the new HiDPI” in the Mac OS X Lion, and also the artwork that hints high-resolution screen.
Apple is expected to compete against the new Windows 8 this year, and offering an ultra high-res laptop could be one of the company’s offensive strategies to stop the aggressive attacks of the redesigned Windows operating system.
Rumors say Apple will release the iPad 3 next month, and apparently, the Windows 8 is expected to support tablet computers too. But aside from the tablet-underdog Microsoft, Apple is also expected to compete against the Android Ice Cream Sandwich this year, in fact, new tablet computers running the new operating system will go on sale this quarter and early Q2.
For starters, MacBook Pro and the MacBook Air are running Mac OS X and new models are shipping with the latest Mac OS X Lion 10.7, while the iPad and the iPad 2 are running the iOS operating system and Apple is now shipping new devices with the latest iOS 5 that includes better multitasking, new Safari Web Browser, Twitter integration and the PC Free feature. The iPad 3, if it exists, is expected to ship with the latest version of iOS 5.
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