MacBook Pro rumored to get Retina Display

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(CBS) - Apple could bring Retina Display to its MacBook Pro line in the second quarter of 2012.

DigiTimes cited "sources in the upstream supply chain." If the rumors are true, we could see a MacBook Pro screen resolution of 2800 x 1800 pixels. That's twice the 1440 x 900 display of the current 15-inch model.

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These new claims come on the heels of iPad 3 rumors that it, too, will get Retina Display in Feb. 2012. A challenge of porting Retina Display to the iPad or MacBook is a matter of mass production, rather than technology.

"It's not a question of making just one. That, of course, can be done. The challenge is making lots of them," a source close to the iPad 3 rumor told CNET. "This is a quantum leap in pixel density. This hasn't been done before."

Ars Techinca calls out DigiTimes for not having "a good record for accuracy," but points out the timeline gives the rumor weight.

Retina Display is defined by Apple as having a "pixel density so high your eye is unable to distinguish individual pixels."

The buzz over screen resolution aligns with other products hitting the market, like Intel's Ivy Bridge processor. The upcoming chip supports displays up to 4096 x 4096. Apple has already prepared OS X Lion for an upgrade with "HiDPI," which supports resolution-doubling mode.

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