Originally Posted by Marvin
They won't be used as computers though, they just stream media.
1) They already are connected to computers and they already show text. Ever use AirPlay?
2) You're completely discounting apps on the Apple TV and every other device that connects to an HEC display?
It's about the availability of content that makes the resolution a benefit. Computers can benefit from sharper text and the ability to work with high-end camera footage without scaling, as well as photographs at print resolution.
Again, no one watches video on their computer screens unless the content fits is pixel-for-pixel? That's ridiculous! We've never had a problem with this is the past and yet we're perfectly fine thinking that a 4" phone display should have a higher resolution than a 40", 50, 60, 70", …, 100" HEC display we grow the size year-after-year?
What rationale is there that you need a phone that is still "Retina quality" from 6 inch away but you have a display in your HEC that isn't unless you more than 13 feet away. How the hell is the HEC display suppose to grow in size when the picture quality will get worse because you're not extending the size of your living room every time you get a new HEC display.
Apple at $1000-2000 and Sony is somehow going to drop the price to 1/3 in less than a year?
I never once mentioned this happening in under a year, much less at a 3rd the price. I've only stated how this can happen and why I think it's the most likely path for all the reasons stated previously, and all I've gotten in return are people saying that won't happen.
They have to think about what the GPU can handle as well as IO standards. HDMI 2 might handle it but it's still pretty high bandwidth.
So the GPU in the iPad 3 can handle 3.1 million pixels in 2012. The iGPU in the RMBP can handle 5 million pixels. We aren't even using Img Tech's Rogue yet nor the additional cores that can be added. I don't see why a media appliance won't be able to handle 8 million pixels just fine in the future.
As for the video cable, this is where having a module device that can attach to various HEC displays can come in handy. The dumb display can then interact more directly with the computer and even use its IR sensor(s), antenna(e), FaceTime camera(s), etc. as its own, perhaps though an open standard or through a Designed for Apple TV
IMO, the 27" UI elements are too small so it would run at 1080p in optimal mode.
With the pixels being 2x that of 1080p and 3x that of 720p you end up with a pixel-for-pixel rendering just like with all other Retina transformations. Do you only play YouTube if it's 1080p and then only windowed exactly at 1080 on your Mac or iPad? Of course not! You play it full screen. This would be better all around but for the many computery things you do with your HEC display it would offer a better experience until such time as 4K studio content catches up. The studios will eventually move to 4K content. This is going to happen!
edit: I see, the article from the "What if" query generator states "launch* in 2013 or early 2014". I do think by 2014 we'll have 802.11ac, H.265 decoders, and Rogue 6 GPUs rampant in Apple products. I do wonder about why the changed the size of the entire Apple TV if it's just a smaller ASIC. I'd only do that if there was some other unique aspects to it, like H.265 and 802.11ac… but that's me.
I have no idea when the iMac will be push to Retina or even if it will scale by 2x like everything else, but I think if they can do all the others well before people thought they could and at prices well below what has been the norm, then why should be expect anything different as they move up the chain? How much was a QXGA (2048×1536) IPS display before the iPad 3 was released? I seem to remember they existed and cost thousands of dollars, so how can Apple make one that is so inexpensive, thin, low power, and much, much denser pixels than the competition? Same for the Retina MBPs. Whatever magic Apple has with displays that the competition can't touch I think it's bad judgement to say their full stop on it and now and look toward the future.
* Apparently launch now can mean to simply let people know it exists. Edited by SolipsismX - 3/28/13 at 2:11pm