As discovered by MacRumors contributor Steve Moser, the latest beta of macOS Monterey lists two new entries in a list of display resolutions for the System Information app. They’re almost certainly the long-awaited 14-inch MacBook Pro and updated 16-inch MacBook Pro.
About the resolutions
The new display resolutions are listed as “3456 x 2234 Retina” and “3024 x 1964 Retina.” The current 16-inch MacBook Pro has a native display resolution of 3072 x 1920, while the current 13-inch MacBook Pro’s native resolution is 2560 x 1600, giving both machines a pixel density of 226–227 pixels per inch.
As noted by MacRumors, if these new resolutions are indeed for the upcoming MacBook Pro models, they would represent an increase in pixel density to around 250 pixels per inch, which notably would allow for native 2x Retina as the default setting for these new machines for the sharpest possible image.
About the upcoming MacBook Pros
The upcoming laptops are expected to have a major redesign, run on Apple Silicon (M1 chips), and sport mini-LED displays. The mini-LED displays will likely use 10,000 mini-LEDs and will be comparable to OLED screens. They’ll result in good wide color gamut performance, high contrast and HDR, and local dimming. Also, look for the 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pros to ditch the controversial Touch Bar.
The Sellers Research Group (that’s me) thinks the laptops will be announced in mid-October. They’ll likely go on sale in late October or early November.