Upcoming 14in and 16in MacBook Pro Display Resolutions Likely Revealed in Latest MacOS Monterey Beta
The seventh beta of macOS Monterey, released earlier this week, includes a pair of new entries in a list of display resolutions for the System Information app, potentially revealing resolutions for upcoming 14-inch MacBook Pro “M1X” models. and 16 inches.
As discovered by MacRumors donor Steve moser, the two new display resolutions are listed as “3456 x 2234 Retina” and “3024 x 1964 Retina” and do not match the resolutions of the integrated displays on current or previous Apple products. Based on the resolutions themselves and their mutual relationships, it seems likely that these new resolutions are for the upcoming MacBook Pro.
The current 16-inch MacBook Pro has a native display resolution of 3072 x 1920, while the native resolution of the current 13-inch MacBook Pro is 2560 x 1600, giving both machines a pixel density of 226 to 227 pixels per inch. .
If these new resolutions are intended for the next MacBook Pro models, they would represent an increase in pixel density to around 250 pixels per inch, which would allow in particular to have 2x native Retina as the default setting of these new machines for the sharpest image possible.
While users have a variety of display resolution options to choose from, current MacBook Pro models feature scaled default resolutions that fall between native display resolution and a 2x Retina display.
For example, the current 16-inch MacBook Pro with a native resolution of 3072 x 1920 would match a 1536 x 960 display with true Retina 2x quality, but content on such a display with a 16-inch diagonal looks uncomfortably large for most. users, so Apple ships machines at a default scaled resolution that “looks” like 1792 x 1120.
With the apparent increase in pixel density on these upcoming MacBook Pro models, a true Retina 2x setting would be fine for most users, with the 16-inch model giving a “look-like” resolution of 1728 x 1117 and the 14-inch model. inch entering at an apparent 1512 x 982.
Apple is rumored to showcase the redesigned MacBook Pro models before the end of the year, likely at another media event in October or November.