13.3 widescreen = 11 inches height

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  1. animefx macrumors regular

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    i'm excited for the 13.3 widescreen macbook's however, i was wondering how "tall" the screen would be now since 13.3" is measure by diagonal on a widescreen that means we are losing some height over say the 12 inch ibook... i hope we can exercise our creativity with that sized of screen.
     
  2. jsw Moderator emeritus

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    The size of the screen is less important than the resolution - I seriously doubt the new ones will have less vertical resolution than the current iBooks and 12" PB.
     
  3. ManchesterTrix macrumors 6502

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    It'll probably have a resolution of 1280x800 though, so you won't be losing any pixels.
     
  4. animefx thread starter macrumors regular

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    Excellent... I hope that is the case.
     
  5. ChrisFromCanada macrumors 65816

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    All the hot rumors (Thinksecret, Apple Insider, MacRumors, HardMac) point to a 1280x720 resolution, a 48 vertical pixel loss, nothing too major when you consider the 256 pixel horizontal gain.

    Another nice thing about wide screen is the ability to watch widescreen DVDs without the bars (assuming they are 16x9). Also an interesting note here is that this would represent the first 16x9 display in Apple's lineup, they have all previously been 16x10.
     
  6. 1dterbeest macrumors regular

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    it is a shame everything is going widescreen. I use Reason 3.0 a lot, and it just isn't very wide. It is a LONG vertical program. Losing vertical pixels is bad for me.
     
  7. calebjohnston macrumors 68000

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    Consider an external monitor then if you use that program alot. You can probably find a really cheap one. I've even seen some that are like widescreen.. except tall instead of wide. Weird to look at, but might fit your needs.
     
  8. grockk macrumors 6502

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    I can't imagine apple moving away from their standard 16x10
     
  9. Lord Blackadder macrumors G5

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    Some diplays (like my Dell 2005FPW) can rotate 90 degrees, and there is software to rotate the desktop, which would give you quite a "long" screen indeed!
     
  10. Calvinatir macrumors 6502

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    That software is already included with Tiger...
     
  11. Counterfit macrumors G3

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    Not all movies are 16x9. Also, I agree with grockk, it's very unlikely for Apple to move away from 16x10, as it gives a decent compromise between 4:3 video (NTSC TV shows), documents (usually taller than wider), and movies.
     
  12. BlizzardBomb macrumors 68030

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    I think he's talking about physically rotating the screen? :confused:
     
  13. student_trap macrumors 68000

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    exactly, I watch a lot of old movies, and they are all at 4:3, a real pain when you watch them on a widescreen. Also, I'm just not that keen on changing the dimensions of the current 12in laptops, they are great as they are, small and square(ish), better quality screens is what I'm waiting for!
     
  14. sintaxi macrumors member

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    I am very much looking forward to the 13.3" notebook. I will for sure by one. it basically has the portability of the 12" with a much better workspace.
     
  15. bah-bah'd macrumors regular

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    but that needs software/driver on the computer to adjust output, otherwise you are looking at everything sideways
     
  16. Will : Hi ! macrumors member

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    13.3" widescreen = 11" height - not exactly

    Here is my calculation of each display's (current iBooks and rumored MacBooks) height and width, based on diagonal and aspect ratio (all figures are rounded) :

    12.1" diagonal, 4:3 display : 9.7" wide, 7.3" high

    14.1" diagonal, 4:3 display : 11.3" wide, 8.5" high

    13.3" diagonal, 16:10 display : 11.2" wide, 7.0" high

    13.3" diagonal, 16:9 display : 11.5" wide, 6.5" high
     
  17. student_trap macrumors 68000

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    now this is very interesting. Assuming your figures are correct then the current 12in powerbooks screen has a physical area of 70.81" squared, whereas a new 13.3" screen (at 16:10) has an area of 78.4" squared. Quite a difference if you ask me, especially when you consider that the new screens will most likely have a much higher resolution.
     
  18. dr_lha macrumors 68000

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    Indeed, and not all Macs support this rotation, in particular it would seem any with Nvidia graphics cards (such as my 12" PB).

    However I can report that the GMA 950 in the mini does support rotation out of the box. I believe most ATI GFX cards do as well.
     

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