Higher resolution screen for 15" MBP at Macworld?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by macbook123, Oct 19, 2008.

  1. macbook123 macrumors 68000

    Feb 11, 2006
    How do you all view the possibility that there will be higher resolution screens for the 15 inch MBP coming out at MWSF? Something like 1600x1000 would be good, and higher resolution would be even better. I always found it odd that the 17 inch had the option of a high resolution screen, with many more pixels per square inch than the standard one, while there's only one low resolution version for the 15 inch one.
  2. xXriderXx7 macrumors 6502a


    Jul 6, 2007
    Lake Elsinore, California
    I highly doubt they will upgrade it again in such a small amount of time.
    Many people would be very furious.
  3. screensaver400 macrumors 6502a

    Jan 28, 2005
    It would likely be 1680x1050, the same as the old 17" MacBook Pro.

    To answer your question: Maybe.

    If I buy now, I hope they don't for a while. If I decide to wait (the main reason would be for a higher resolution display), I hope they do it at MWSF.

    If they just made it a $100 BTO option, I doubt they'd have too much outrage. Some frustration, sure, but it wouldn't be too bad.
  4. macbook123 thread starter macrumors 68000

    Feb 11, 2006
    I'm thinking more of the high resolution version as an option, at $100 or so extra (as used to be the case with the 17 inch version before they made the high-res screen standard).
  5. isethx macrumors regular

    Aug 14, 2008
    i really doubt it, which sucks. i always planned on buying a 17" but then no 17" redesign came around (yet) so i was like hm ok i'll get a 15" but the resolution is too low. even my sisters cheap 15" dell has higher resolution, so back to waiting for a 17 i go!
  6. eba macrumors regular

    Mar 14, 2007
    Now that the 17s are all HD, there's a pretty big gap between the 15s and 17s in terms of screen rez. Seems to me that an upgrade to the 15 is inevitable at some point.
  7. ivan98 macrumors newbie

    Jun 11, 2007
    In the last notebook refresh, what was the rational behind the only HD option (1920x1200 BTO on the 17")? Why didn't the 15.4" get its equivalent (1680x1080)? Both are "Pros" so they should get the same treatment, right?

    Unless I read wrongly, wasn't Snow Leopard touted to bring full (as opposed to partial today) resolution independence to Mac OS X? 10.6 is expected around 6/09, or maybe 10/09 to coincide with whatever notebook refresh is due around that time. (Sep is ipod refresh month, Oct is notebook's).

    Does that mean HD will be standard (or BTO) on or after 10/09? It can't be before 10/09 right? As Apple won't make users suffer the small print from too high a DPI.

    If you sniff around sites specializing in LCDs, you'll see there's is no cost difference between a 1440x900 15.4" and a 1680x1050 15.4".

    From a risk perspective, I can understand Apple wants to introduce as little new variable as possible (their LCDs are getting LED-backlit in the current timeframe). But if so, how does one explain the HD option on the 17" in the last refresh???

    (Disclosure: I'm biased against Apple in this regard as I'm eyeing the new MBP, and if it has 1680x1050 on the 15.4", it will be 100% (as opposed to 95% now) attractive to me.)
  8. Loge macrumors 68030


    Jun 24, 2004
    They discontinued the 17" standard resolution screen because it was not LED. Rather than get a new LED 1680 by 1050 panel just for the old 17" it made more sense just to simplify the range and use the hi-res LED panels they already had.
  9. inigel macrumors regular

    Mar 14, 2008
    No where
    The problem is, with the 15" being a small screen, if they made the resolution bigger, everything would be tiny and almost unreadable by default.
  10. HoldFastHope macrumors 6502

    Jan 15, 2008
    Sydney, AU
    +1. I had the 17" Hi res model and although the higher resolution looked good initially, after a few days of using it all day at work I ended up using an external monitor more than the standard screen because it was easier on the eyes.

    Hi res option would be nice for those who require it, but I'm happy with the standard res + external output for the time being.
  11. djellison macrumors 68020

    Feb 2, 2007
    Pasadena CA
    I had a 15" Toshiba laptop, with 1600 x 1200 res - and I LOVED it.

    I would pay $100 more for a 1680 x 1050 screen on the MBP.

    Just provide it as an option - it's LONG overdue.
  12. drayon macrumors 6502

    Aug 20, 2007
    If they did I'd like to see standard resolution of 1680x1050 and a custom option of 1920x1200.
  13. ivan98 macrumors newbie

    Jun 11, 2007
    Not with the "resolution independence" promised in Snow Leopard...
  14. twynne macrumors 6502a

    Apr 21, 2006
    London, UK
    I thought 'resolution independence' was promised in Leopard?! :rolleyes:
  15. jTreu macrumors 6502

    May 20, 2006
    I doubt we'll see updates for six months of so, and if there are they'll be processor bumps
  16. ivid macrumors newbie

    Jan 16, 2008
    are there any HiRes 15" LED LCDs being manufactured? as far as i could tell -- there arent... hence, i doubt apple would give hires option in 15", as it would mean going back to non-LED displays...
  17. cherry su macrumors 65816

    cherry su

    Feb 28, 2008
    there are 1680 x 1050 and 1920 x 1200 panels for the 15" form factor, but I don't think they are LED-backlit
  18. nitewolfgtr macrumors regular


    Jul 20, 2008
    Anything higher than 1440x900 is unbearable to read. I remember having a Dell Inspiron 8600 with 1600x1200 and it was painful to read anything on the screen. It was amazing to view photos and the amount of real estate on the screen is awesome but horrible for practical use.

    I still think Apple should offer the higher resolution as BTO since the cost of 1440x900 LCD is same as the higher resolution LCD and it could bring additional profits to Apple...

    But then again, Apple is all about simplicity:D
  19. err404 macrumors 68020

    Mar 4, 2007
    It's there and can be enabled via the terminal, but a lot of apps do not scale well. For now it is essential useless.
    This is one of my top hopes for Snow Leopard.
  20. Firefly2002 macrumors 65816

    Jan 9, 2008
    Agreed... typing from a 3 year old 15" laptop with a 1680x1050 screen..... 1440x900 is just ridiculous.
  21. dgdosen macrumors 65816


    Dec 13, 2003
    Putting in my .02...

    I've got older eyes than most of the contributors on this web site - and can honestly say that my 15" MBP with a modded 1920 x 1200 screen is very easy to read. Anybody who says that at this resolution, or more accurately, pixel density, text is too small - I offer this:

    The pixel density is almost as dense as the iPhone - that's right it's less dense than the iPhone. I can see the difference when I run the iPhone simulator on my 15" 1920x1200 MBP and compare it to the actual size of the iPhone running nearby.

    Now - are iPhone fonts so small it makes it unusable? No - and most of the fonts on the iPhone appear smaller than the appearance of anything on the MPB. You've got to see it to believe it. The crispness of the higher density of pixels is very easy on my eyes.

    It's for that reason I won't upgrade my Merom MBP until Apple either offers the option, or someone figures out how to hack the new models with a high res screen.

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