Apple 2880 x1800 Retina Display

Apple’s eye-popping 2880 x 1800 Retina Display for the new 15-in MacBook Pro was announced today at the WWDC. Thats 220 pixels-per-inch, and higher resolution than anything you’re watching on your brand-new 60-inch rapidly obsolescing HDTV.

Apple says the new MacBook Pro 15-inch Retina display has more than 5 million pixels, which is 3 million more than a comparably-sized HD television. “At 220 pixels-per-inch, the Retina display’s pixel density is so high the human eye cannot distinguish individual pixels from a normal viewing distance.” Note that normal distance is not defined–in the same spirit that normal viewing distance in a movie theater depends on whether you are a pixel-counter, regular viewer, or ready for a hasty exit in the rear row.

Resolution is a moving target, moving rapidly to loftier heights. 2880 is merely a waypoint, as Dorian Weber tells us in his forthcoming report on NHK’s recent demo of  8K cameras, 4K and 8K monitors in Tokyo, with rumors of R&D into 16K.

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