Rumors: Apple Plans to Increase the Resolution on its Rumored ‘M1X’ 14 & 16-inch MacBook Pros

A new report from MacRumors provides strong evidence that Apple plans to increase the resolution of its rumored M1X 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro, which is expected to be released within the next month or two. 

MacRumors contributor Steve Moser took a closer look at the latest macOS Monterey beta and found two mysterious new resolutions that didn't match any existing Mac: 3456 x 2234 and 3024 x 1964. 

There are several interesting things about these resolutions. On the one hand, their resolution is significantly higher than the current MacBook Pro models of 3072 x 1920 (16 inches) and 2560 x 1600 (13 inches). Curiously, given that existing MacBooks have reached "retina" mass (approximately 227 ppi), Apple has chosen to significantly increase resolution and pixel density (approximately 250 ppi).

Again, given how many 4k laptops are on the market (i.e. 3840 x 2160, for 16:9 displays), perhaps Apple doesn't want to be left behind, even if it may have the smallest visible benefits. But what may be more interesting about these numbers is the aspect ratio they suggest. For years, almost all of Apple's laptops have used a 16:10 aspect ratio, slightly higher than the current trend of a higher aspect ratio than the usual 16:9. 

If these resolutions aren't a fluke, they suggest that Apple will be higher this time, closer to the 3:2 ratio used by Surface devices (which is also the most common photographic aspect ratio).  

Oddly, these aspect ratios are significantly higher than 16:10, but they also don't match 3:2. Even more curiously, the two aspect ratios do not exactly match. To make it a little easier, some basic math tells us that the ratio of a 16:10 monitor is 1.6:1, while a ratio of a 3:2 monitor is 1.5:1. The new 16-inch model appears to have a ratio of 1.55:1, while the 14-inch model has a ratio of 1.54:1. 

Yes, the aspect ratio is only the smallest part, but it's strange when the current MacBook perfectly matches 100%. This is also an overall unusual aspect ratio, not suitable for several common photographic, film, or broadcast formats (14:9 AKA 1.56:1 is the closest, but even that is unusual). I think Apple just has to think differently. However, I think it's always a good thing to have a little more vertical space on your laptop. 

The new MacBooks are expected to be released before the end of the year, and it shouldn't be long before we solve the mystery.