macOS Monterey’s seventh beta version released earlier this week shows some clues about the display resolutions of the upcoming 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro “M1X” models.
As discovered by MacRumors, the two new display resolutions are listed as “3456 x 2234 Retina” and “3024 x 1964 Retina” and do not match the integrated display resolutions on Apple’s current or past products. Therefore, it is very likely that these new resolutions refer to the upcoming MacBook Pros.
The current 16-inch MacBook Pro has a native display resolution of 3072×1920, while the current 13-inch MacBook Pro native resolution is 2560×1600, with a pixel density of 226-227 pixels per inch.
If these new resolutions relate to upcoming MacBook Pro models, they would represent an increase in density to around 250 pixels per inch, which would allow for native Retina x2 resolution by default with an even sharper image. Current MacBook Pro models feature resized default resolutions that fall between the native display resolution and a 2x Retina display.
For example, the current 16-inch MacBook Pro with a native resolution of 3072 x 1920 would match a 1536×960 display with 2x Retina-quality but on such a display, the content with a 16-inch diagonal is inconvenient for most users, then Apple ships the machines with a different default scaled resolution.
With an increase in pixel density on upcoming MacBook Pro models, a “true” Retina 2x setting would be perfect for most users. Apple will present the two new models between October and November.