Originally Posted by gregharewood
The one that that I am waiting and hoping for... and I don't much care whether it pushes me towards a MacBook or a MacBook Pro is higher DPI to take advantage of resolution independence
Is this only me? We've been promised resolution independence for 2-3 years now. What I would like to do with it is to have 15" macbook or pro, with the resolution of a 17" macbook pro.
I travel. On airplaces. The 17" isn't even legal carry-on in many places now, let alone practical in coach. But I need lots of screen real-estate. Resolution independence should allow me to vary the zoom factors of different things independently depending on how bleary-eyed I am, whether the sun is shining in from the window-seat of sleepy-guy on the left and so on without having to sacrifice detail on PDFs and manual pages and so on.
But it is all designed for CRTs. With LCDs, Apple remains the one manufacturer to continue selling the same-size chunky pixels. Resolution independence will bring us nothing unless they actually give us more DPI to display this glory on.
Is there any word at all?
There's a misunderstanding of RI.
Some people seem to think it requires even greater rez than now, but it doesn't.
RI isn't going to be used to make on-screen iobjects, or text, smaller. If it were, then a higher rez would be required.
But, it's going to be used to make the on-screen objects, and type, larger. Anything sized for the normal sized rez will simply be scaled up smoothly. Type will be larger, icons will be larger, and so on.
The idea, for example, would be to make the menu bar larger. Do we need higher rez to be able to do that? No, we don't.
I'm not saying that going to 150 ppi wouldn't be nice, but higher than that, FOR THIS PURPOSE, isn't required. I say for this purpose, because some people feel that going as high as 200 ppi would be good for them. So be it. If that's what they think they need, ok.
But, it's only when one makes an object, or text, SMALLER on screen, that a higher rez is needed.
You can easily see that now. Type in a large text size, then type the same thing in increasingly smaller sizes. The larger sizes will have much better detail, and smoothness, than the smaller sizes. The screen rez is the same, of course.
That's the equivelant of RI, where you are increasing the size of the interface to see small details more easily.
If you were going the other way, then I would agree.