During Intel’s Developer Forum 2012, the CPU manufacturer’s vice president and GM of the PC client group Kirk Skaugen noted that their new Ivy Bridge microarchitecture “Retina display capable if [their] OEMs choose to deliver on that.” Skaugen further mentions that their new processors have the ability to power a resolution of 2560 by 1600, which is four times that of the current 13-inch MacBook Pro’s.
There have been multiple rumors claiming that Apple will soon bring Retina displays to their Macs ever since some HiDPI graphics were found in Mountain Lion, though no one is yet sure when this is going to happen. Some believe that Apple will refresh the MacBook Pro sometime next month to bring the Ivy Bridge processors on board, but others believe the refresh will take place closer to the summer release date of OS X Mountain Lion. Whatever the case, it’s obvious that Apple will one day integrate the Retina technology into nearly all their products — possibly even that HDTV that’s rumored.
Intel has uploaded a 52-minute video of Kirk Skaugen’s ”Transforming the PC Experience” presentation. If you skip to about 14:41, you will find that Skaugen mentions the Retina display, but quickly moves on to soon-to-be-released systems and their new hybrid designs that he was speaking about earlier.
We’ll have new support for three screens, DirectX 11, OpenCL version 1.1, and OpenGL version 3.1. These are new disclosers today on the amazing performance that we’re going to be delivering around this with 2560 by 1600 resolution and, just like we had on second generation core and now third generation core, all this is Retina display capable.