The preparations made by Apple that will allow the Mac OS X of Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) to handle the higher resolution displays on its Mac devices has only increased speculations that the upcoming MacBook devices that the company will release will feature retina displays.
A recent update for the Mac OS X saw some minor modifications that may be easily overlooked although it shows that the company is set to introduce something big soon. According to reports, the highest quality version of the TextEdit application icon has been doubled from 512 x 512 pixels to around 1024 x 1024 pixels.
The update on the Mac OS X also increased the file size of the said icon to 1.7MB from the 209kb prior to the update.
With this increase in the number of pixels, the icon will be prepared for use on a retina screen display.
The modifications made following the Mac OS X update indicates that it may be possible for the upcoming MacBook devices of Apple will come with a similar retina display as the one used on the new iPad. The retina display has pixels that are so closely packed that it is not easy to distinguish one pixel from another.
The launch of the Mac OS X Lion beta saw an increase in the number of pixels on the icon for the Launchpad and the App Store to 1024 x 1024 pixels. Intel had previously indicated that indicated that the Ivy Bridge processors were designed to handle a retina display. Since Apple will be among the first to use the new processors, this hinted at the possible use of a retina display on the MacBook.
Developers also discovered that the resolution of the icons on the Mac OS X Mountain Lion have increased by two-fold while they were testing the upcoming operating system of Apple.
Industry watchers are expecting the Mac OS X Mountain Lion to be launched by Apple during the upcoming Worldwide Developers Conference this coming June.