MacBook Pro 2012: Retina Graphics Supporting App Gives Hint for the New Apple Notebook

Jun 10, 2012 12:58 PM EDT

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Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) is starting tomorrow, and iOS 6, OS X Mountain Lion, and an updated iCloud are confirmed to be present at the event. However, fans seem to be more concerned about what has NOT been confirmed yet, notably the MacBook Pro 2012 and whether it will have the Retina Display or not.

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And perhaps a new update on an OS X-based app for Mac computer can shed some light on the rumor.

In the past week, images of what are supposedly spec sheet of the new Apple notebook computer surfaced the internet. One spec sheet for the 13-inch posted on a Chinese website Weiphone claimed to have a 1280 x 800 pixel resolution, which is clearly not high enough to be called Retina Display. On the other hand, another spec sheet for the 15-inch model was posted by 9to5Mac, which had a high-resolution 2560 x 1600 display. Apple is also rumored that it will ditch its 17-inch version.

Of course, these are just rumors, and any of them could be easily made up by anyone as a prank.

A more convincing evidence would be the FolderWatch app for Mac computers and their recent update that supports Retina Graphics.

In Mac App Store, FolderWatch announced an updated version. The 2.0.4 version, according to the app store, supports “Retina graphic”. “A Mac OS X-based application today was updated with support for ‘Retina graphics,’” wrote the developer of the app, Brothers Roloff, on Twitter.

“The app, FolderWatch, allows users to automatically keep a copy of a project on an external hard drive or file server. It might not be the most obvious choice for a Retina-ready app, but the very fact that it supports the feature is rather interesting,” it tweeted.

Apple had equipped its high resolution Retina Display on its new smart phones and tablet devices. Supposedly, the Retina Display will have more pixels than human eyes can perceive when about one foot away from the device, making even the curves seem smooth on the screen.

The WWDC, because of its nature, had been focusing more on the software rather than the hardware, but fans are expecting to hear something about the new MacBook Pro 2012 at the event. And if the attendants are lucky enough, some iPhone 5 news may be a bonus.

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