This week, Apple released the seventh beta of macOS Monterey to developers. The code of the latest beta version reveals two new display resolutions, potentially of the upcoming MacBook Pro models.
Apple is expected to launch two new 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro models powered by next-generation M1X Apple Silicon, mini-LED display, no TouchBar, MagSafe charging support, and much more. Initially, the rumors claimed that the models would launch at WWDC 21 event, but were delayed because of mini-LED production issues. Later, spectators expected new MacBook Pro models to launch at September 14 event but they were not. Now, it is reported that Apple will launch later in 2021 like the M1 Mac models in 2020.
Upcoming MacBook Pro models will have higher display resolutions
According to industry reports, the new MacBook Pro models will ship with new mini-LED XDR displays, similar to 12.9-inch iPad Pro. Mini-LED display technology provides more control over local dimming with better contrast, brightness, and black levels. In addition, it is power efficient and thin.
The discovered display resolutions hint at higher display resolution with more PPI: 3024 x 1964 pixels and 3456 x 2234 pixels. Currently, no Mac model supports the aforementioned Retina display resolution. Therefore, it is presumed that the resolutions are of upcoming models. 9to5Mac writes:
While having a higher resolution in the new 14-inch MacBook Pro would be an expected upgrade due to the larger screen, the 16-inch model should also get a better display in its new version. The new resolutions should allow the display to run at its native 2x Retina resolution, whereas current MacBook displays are based on a scaled resolution to slightly reduce the size of interface elements. Based on these numbers, the pixel density per inch will increase from 227 ppi to 257 ppi
Earlier this year, the tags of WWDC 21 YouTube video included M1X and M1X MacBook Pro tags revealing the name of the Apple Silicon used to power the new Pro models. Other reports claim that new Pro laptops will offer an SD-card slot, support for up to 32GB RAM, improved 1080p webcam, HDMI port, and more. And Apple might also launch a new redesigned M1X Mac mini with more ports later this year.