Should I wait for a MBP 5K Retina?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by arian19, Oct 16, 2014.

  1. arian19 macrumors 6502

    Jul 9, 2008
    I am in the market to buy a MBP Retina... but following todays announcement I am wondering if I should wait for 5k retina to come to the Macbook Pro line

    Will apple bring the 5k display to a MBP ever? They said it is 30% more energy efficient, seems like it would be a perfect addition to the portable line.

    I was planning on buying a MBP Retina following the announcement so my device comes equipped fresh with Yosemite.
  2. Anitramane macrumors 6502

    Dec 23, 2013
    Therell only be a 5k retina if a panel exists which it doesnt and wont for at least 2015.
  3. Silon macrumors member

    Dec 1, 2013
  4. venom600 macrumors 6502a

    Mar 23, 2003
    Los Angeles, CA
    Is this a joke?
  5. arian19 thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jul 9, 2008

    lol it wasn't :confused:
  6. Meister Suspended


    Oct 10, 2013
    The rmbp already has the same pixel density as the 5k imac. Any higher resolution would be a waste of resources and money, since there is only so much detail the human eye can detect.
  7. awests macrumors regular

    Jul 24, 2014
    Bay Area, CA
    It's probably 30% more efficient than the previous 27" panel. 2015 is probably ambitious for a 5K panel in a laptop, I would probably say around 2016.
  8. FuNGi macrumors 65816


    Feb 26, 2010
    This. Any more would be for specs only. I would only consider waiting for more energy efficient processors as the screens are already cutting edge. The battery life is still great though.
  9. mcarling macrumors 65816

    Oct 22, 2009
    There will not be a MBP with a 5K display in 2015 or 2016. Very few people would have an easy time seeing any difference between 2880x1800 and 5120x2880 in a 15" display. What we probably will see in 2015 is a Broadwell MBP with DisplayPort 1.3 able to drive an external 5K display.

    Long before Apple would even consider a MBP with nearly 400dpi, they will complete the process of upgrading all the Macs to Retina (over 200dpi). The next step will probably be a new 5K Cinema Display which I expect to be released together with the next version of the Mac Pro, using the same display as the new iMac and possibly priced at $1999. After that, Apple will upgrade the MacBook Air to a Retina display and drop the non-Retina MBP. Only then would it make any sense for Apple to consider a 400dpi display.
  10. 576316 macrumors 601

    May 19, 2011
    Don't wait. The rMBP has a stunning display and 5K really isn't necessary unless you're dealing with really big screens. You'll be good to go with generic Retina. I've had my 15" rMBP for a year now and I love the display. So much so that I've promised myself I'll never go back to anything lower res (I've been spoiled) and to that end, I've decided to pick up one of the new affordable Asus 4K monitors as a main display for my rMBP.
  11. Bending Pixels macrumors 65816

    Jul 22, 2010
    You should wait until the 8k display comes out....

    A 5k display on a 15" screen wouldn't provide any added benefit.
  12. sabbyp macrumors regular

    Oct 26, 2013
    For now, there's no mobile gpu that would be able to come close to pushing a 5k screen in a laptop. Apple literally couldn't put out a 5k MBPr if they wanted to.

    The 750m in the current lineup is showing it's age, so If I were you, I would wait for the next graphics card refresh in the MBPr line, which is likely to happen sometime in Q1/Q2 2015.
  13. Samuelsan2001 macrumors 604

    Oct 24, 2013
    Pixel density as at saruration point

    The Imac has the same ppi as the rMBP there is no reason to go any higher in the rMBP. Now I hear that the actual colour, brightness, viewing angles, anti glare etc are amazing on the new iMac.

    I think that technology being used on broadwell rMBP's is both far more likely and far more interesting. Still it'sll be mid 2015 most likely.
  14. Quu macrumors 68030


    Apr 2, 2007
    There won't be a 5K Retina MacBook Pro. What we are likely to get instead is a 4K Retina MacBook Pro. That'll be a pixel doubled 1920x1200 desktop which fits better. 5K would make no sense.
  15. slowman macrumors newbie

    Oct 13, 2014
    Like the others have said, no need to wait. The retina display is amazing as is.
  16. Mac2k4 macrumors newbie

    Sep 30, 2014
    Wait for the 17K...:confused:
  17. mm201 macrumors regular

    Feb 17, 2013
    Maybe 20 years from now when their entire line moves to @4x scaling. :p
  18. ElectronGuru macrumors 65816

    Sep 5, 2013
    Oregon, USA
    Yeah, maybe in 10-20 years from now. Short term, the only 5k related improvements will be the ability to drive a 5K screen externally via a single cable. If that's important, consider waiting a year or two.
  19. maclove4life macrumors regular

    Oct 17, 2014
    what will you do with 5k?
  20. gramw macrumors member

    Feb 26, 2011
    Just get the current model. If everyone was always waiting for the next, better version nobody would buy anything.
  21. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    If they sell a 5K MBP, I'd venture the price point would be quite high. While the display appears to be gorgeous (I've not seen it up close yet), I think the cost is too high - at least it is for my budget.
  22. Meister Suspended


    Oct 10, 2013
    You think there is a practical application for 14mp resolution on a 15" screen?
  23. ohbrilliance macrumors 6502a


    May 15, 2007
    Melbourne, Australia
    More pixels would allow for a higher doubled native resolution. Native 1440 on the 13" or 1680 on the 15" would be welcome. As it is, the default 1280 and 1440 for the two models aren't sufficient.

    5k however would be complete overkill, rendering screen elements far too small on the rMBP, unless Apple went for pixel tripling.

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