The display resolutions of the upcoming “M1X” 14-inch and 16-inch Apple MacBook Pro 2021 models may have been revealed by the seventh beta of macOS Monterey that was released earlier this week.
A couple of new entries in a list of display resolutions in the System Information app show “3456 x 2234 Retina” and “3024 x 1964 Retina”, and neither of them match the resolutions of the displays on any current or past Apple product (via: MacRumors).
It seems that these resolutions are indeed for the upcoming 2021 models of the 14-in and 16-in MacBook Pro, based on the resolutions themselves and their relationships with each other.
If the entries are to be believed, then they confirm an increase in the pixel density from around 226 PPI on last year’s MacBook Pro models to 250 PPI. The current 16-inch and 13-inch MacBook Pro’s native resolutions stand at 3072 x 1920 and 2560 x 1600 respectively.
This should allow for native 2x Retina as the default setting for these new machines for the sharpest possible image, as per MacRumors.
While users have several display resolution options to choose from, current MacBook Pro models feature scaled default resolutions that fall between the native display resolution and a 2x Retina display.
Sure, users have a variety of display resolution options to choose from, but recent MacBook Pro models have scaled default resolutions that sit in between native and 2x Retina display resolutions.
For example, a native resolution of 3072 x 1920 on the current 16-inch MacBook Pro would correspond to a true 2x Retina display of 1536 x 960, but the content on a 16-inch diagonal appears uncomfortably large for most users, so Apple ships the machines with a default scaled resolution that “looks like” 1792 x 1120.
With the improved pixel density on both future MacBook Pro models, a true 2x Retina option would be ideal for most users, with the 16-inch model yielding a “looks like” resolution of 1728 x 1117. As for the 14-inch variant, it could have an apparent resolution of 1512 x 982.
The new MacBook Pro 2021 models are expected to be announced before the end of the year, likely sometime in October or November through another launched event.