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Mac OS X Lion sporting 1024x1024 icons, 3200x2000 wallpapers; Retina display Macs coming?

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MacMagazine.com.br has posted an interesting find. Apparently the latest build of Lion includes some icons which are sized at 1024x1024. That's twice the current 512x512 size of icons in Snow Leopard (four times the pixel count, but 2x larger in each dimension). Additionally, on April 2nd, Mac blog OSXDaily found some of the default wallpaper resolutions in Lion to be as large as 3200?2000 pixels.

These wallpaper and icon size increases are interesting because, as far as the wallpaper resolution goes, Apple currently does not make a display that supports that high of a pixel density. Given the fact that Apple is bumping up its icon and wallpaper sizes, it could point to a future where Macs sport high-density Retina displays.

Indeed, MacRumors points out that Apple has built in support for HiDPI display modes in Lion. "These HiDPI modes allow developers to supply 2x-enlarged images to support double-high resolution displays," according to MacRumors. "Like the iPhone 4's Retina Display, this means that user interface elements will remain the same size, but everything will be twice the resolution and, therefore, twice as detailed."

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Probably just future proofing, since as I recall Leopard didn't have wallpapers for 2650x1440.
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I wouldn't call it future proofing when they are also increasing the app sizes. The iMac has 2650X1440, and wallpapers can be found for it. To me, it seems like they are going to introduce either a large monitor(iMac TV?), or some other kind of integrated screen. 3200X2000 is a lot of resolution to put into something, when current resolutions are truly made for the standard web viewing sizes. It could happen, who knows, but I have a real hard time wrapping my head around that high of a resolution coming to normal MBP's.
However, if Apple can find a way for all this to work, for the normal consumer, imo, it will be a game changer!

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