It refers to the screen resolution being at least 1920X1080. Although, technically, 1280X720 can also be considered HD, 1920X1080 is considered "full" HD.
So the MBP display is just the same as a HDTV?Basically any display with a resolution of 1920x1080 or higher is considered HD.
But for HD, anyone can use it for anything. E,g "This new phone a High Definition screen" is basically means the screen has a higher resolution than other.A display device has to cover the following requirements to be awarded the label HD ready:
1. Display, display engine
a. The minimum native resolution of the display (e.g. LCD, PDP) or display engine (e.g. DLP) is 720 physical lines in wide aspect ratio.
2. Video Interfaces
a. The display device accepts HD input via:
i. Analog YPbPr HD ready displays support analog YPbPr as a HD input format to allow full compatibility with today's HD video sources in the market. Support of the YPbPr signal should be through common industry standard connectors directly on the HD ready display or through an adaptor easily accessible to the consumer; and:
b. DVI or HDMI HD capable inputs accept the following HD video formats:
i. 1280x720 @ 50 and 60Hz progressive (720p)
ii. 1920x1080 @ 50 and 60Hz interlaced (1080i)
c. The DVI or HDMI input supports copy protection (HDCP)
Well it isn't quite the same as an HDTV, as the MacBook Pro uses the aspect ratio of 16:10 while an HDTV uses an aspect ratio of 16:9, hence the difference in resolution between them.So the MBP display is just the same as a HDTV?
Why isn't Apple calling it High Definition then? High Resolution sounds quite uncool for me. At least compared with HD.
It's only applied to widescreen, as that's becoming the new standard, though there are different aspect ratios depending on the type of screen. Your screen would be HD though, because an HD format fits within it's limits (that of 1280 x 720). Though for a standard TV aspect ratio (4:3 ratio, non-widescreen), 480p is kind of considered HD (more specifically EDTV), but it is lower quality than "full HD."Is the 1080 or 720 requirement for non-widescreens too? Because I have a 17'' 1280X1024 external display and I'm wondering if that's HD too.
Sorry, 480i is SD. 480p is ED and anything over 720p is HD.It's only applied to widescreen, as that's becoming the new standard, though there are different aspect ratios depending on the type of screen. For a standard TV aspect ratio (4:3 ratio, non-widescreen), 480i is considered HD, but it is lower quality than "full HD."
No, it doesn't matter what the aspect ratio is. Yours is still HD. The first number is the amount of pixels across the screen. The second number is the number of lines of resolution. Standard picture is 480 lines. High def. is anything 720 or above. Then you have progressive and interlaced scanning. Progressive is better, but you really won't see a difference in picture quality between p and i.Is the 1080 or 720 requirement for non-widescreens too? Because I have a 17'' 1280X1024 external display and I'm wondering if that's HD too.
Indeed. You wouldn't really say that you have an HD monitor unless you were able to watch/edit a preferred HDTV format within it. In terms of best clarity, you're mostly concerned with pixel pitch, which is determined by the number of pixels and the size of the screen, but that won't tell you if it's "HD".Of course they mean that you can watch and create 1920x1080 video on it.
1280x720 is lame.
I find this statement hilarious.1280x720 is lame.