Thursday, June 13, 2013

OS X Mavericks Wallpaper Hints at 5K Retina iMacs and Monitors

Looks like once again we can figure out what Apple is up to by looking at the resolution of their images. Before the iPhone 4 initiated the high-resolution high-density pixel craze, people started to notice Apple doubling the icon and artwork resolution - and the same thing happened when the retina displays arrived on the iPad and MacBooks. Now, it looks like the retina displays are going really, really big.

With the announcement of their upcoming OS X Mavericks (and their new Mac Pro capable of supporting up to three 4K screens using Thunderbolt 2) Apple also released a wallpaper that has a "curious" resolution of 5120x2880. That's precisely double the one we get on current generation 27" iMacs and Thunderbolt Displays (2560x1440) and hints that 27" retina iMacs and screens should be expected sooner rather than later.

So, if you were considering investing in either device in the coming months, maybe it will better to wait a little bit longer to see what will pop up. Truth be told, considering the push TV manufacturers are doing da brings us 4K TVs as quickly as possible, it would be really sad to have computer screens having less resolution than our TVs. A 5K resolution display would trump even the upcoming 4K screens, making it ideal for video editing and photo work and... well... just about anything else. Now that we were getting used to have nice framerates in games at FullHD resolutions, well once again be back to square one in order to get graphic cards capable of running games at these insane resolutions (and I mean "affordable" ones).

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