DisplaySearch’s Richard Shim and Jeff Lin note that through their panel supply chain research, they’ve have been tracking 2880 x 1800 resolution panels since the Q1 edition of their large area report, and recently noted Apple was the most likely PC brand to be requesting them.
Following Apple’s announcement last week they have checked back into the ODM supply chain, and found that yield issues pushed the start of mass production into late May, with unit production expected to be less than 2 million in calendar year 2012. Shim and Lin also note that similar to the case of the new iPad, the new MacBook Pro doubles previous pixel density, which will require more power consumption in the backlight; and that the new MacBook Pros battery pack is nearly 23 percent larger than that used in the previous generation.
They also report that theiur Q1 report indicated that 13.3 2560 x 1600 resolution panels were being prepared for production in the third quarter, and say that ODM supply chain sources indicate that Apple will use this panel in a smaller Retina MacBook Pro unit to be launched in the Q4, 2012 with production volume expected to be roughly twice that of the 15.4-inch Retina MacBook Pro, and as with the new 15.4-incher will have double pixel density of the respective preceding MacBook Pro, the 13-inch version of which has a 1280 x 800 resolution.
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