Apple released the seventh beta version of macOS Monterey this week, which was announced at WWDC 2021, and is expected to be available later this year, along with the rumored M1X Macs. Interestingly, the internal system code revealed support for two new Retina screen resolutions, which could potentially be from the new 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro computers.
As you can see MacRumors and confirmed i 9to5Mac, the latest beta version of macOS Monterey adds mentions of two new screen resolutions to its internal files. Specifically, these files contain a list of supported resolutions that are displayed in the Graphics / Views menu in the System Information application.
There are two new resolutions 3024 x 1964 pixels i 3456 x 2234 pixels. There is currently no Mac with a built-in Retina display based on these resolutions.
By comparison, the 13-inch MacBook Pro has a 2560 x 1600 screen, while the current 16-inch model has a 3072 x 1920 screen — leading us to speculate that the new resolutions could be targeted at newer MacBook models slightly higher than their predecessors, but not close enough to 4K to be used by an iMac or external monitor.
While the higher resolution in the new 14-inch MacBook Pro would be an expected upgrade due to the larger screen, the 16-inch model should get a better display in the new version as well. The new resolutions should allow the screen to run at the native 2x Retina resolution, while the current MacBook screens are based on scaled resolution to slightly reduce the size of the interface elements.
Based on these numbers, the pixel density per inch will increase from 227 ppi to 257 ppi. You can check the comparison below using the 13-inch and 14-inch MacBook Pro for reference:
It should be noted that the same file in which these resolutions were found includes other resolutions supported by the operating system, not just those for Apple screens. However, only those officially used by Apple are labeled “Retina,” which is the case with the two new resolutions found in the latest beta version of macOS Monterey.
This could be a mistake or Apple has definitely left us an “official” hint about the new MacBook Pro models.
According to rumors, the new 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro are expected to be introduced later this year with a new design, an M1X chip with faster graphics and additional connectors.
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