MacBook Pro With Retina Display Debuts
Coming on the tail of minor updates to Apple’s other notebooks the company took to the stage at WWDC 2012 to unveil a new MacBook Pro with a Retina display. Known as MacBook Pro with Retina Display the new notebook features very powerful innards, long battery life and a super thin enclosure. The new MacBook Pro weighs just 2KGs and is just 18mm thick.
In a press release Tim Cook said, “The MacBook Pro with Retina display pushes the limits of performance and portability like no other notebook”. Adding, “With a gorgeous Retina display, all flash architecture and a radically thin and light design, the new MacBook Pro is the most advanced Mac we have ever built.”
The MacBook Pro with Retina display features a 15.4-inch display with a whopping 2880 x 1800 resolution display, that’s 5 megapixel display and some 3 million pixels more than a 1080p TV. The Retina display uses IPS technology for a 178-degree wide viewing angle, and has 75 percent less reflection and 29 percent higher contrast than the previous MacBook Pro.
The MacBook Pro with Retina display features the latest Intel Core i7 quad-core processors up to 2.7 GHz with Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.7 GHz, NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M discrete graphics, up to 16GB of faster 1600 MHz RAM and flash storage up to 768GB. Two Thunderbolt and two USB 3.0 ports allow pro users to connect to multiple displays and high performance devices, and a new HDMI port offers quick connectivity to HDTVs.
The MacBook Pro with Retina Display also features a new Magsafe 2 connector which is thinner than the current version. Apple is selling a $10 adapter so existing Magsafe connectors can connect. The notebook also has the usual features such as a Multi-touch trackpad and FaceTime camera.
OS X Lion, iPhoto, iMovie, iTunes and other Apple apps including Aperture and Final Cut Pro X have been updated to take full advantage of the new MacBook Pro with Retina display. Apple will spend some time this week at WWDC informing developers on how to get their apps ready although many who have made iOS apps will already be familiar.
The 15-inch MacBook Pro is available with a 2.3 GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 processor with Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.3 GHz, 8GB of memory and 256GB of flash storage starting at $2,199 (£1799); and with a 2.6 GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 processor with Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.6 GHz, 8GB of memory and 512GB of flash storage starting at $2,799 (£2299). Configure-to-order options include faster quad-core processors up to 2.7 GHz, up to 16GB of memory and flash storage up to 768GB.
The 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display is available today.