WWDC 2012: Next Generation MacBook Pro Released with Retina Display [SPECS]

on June 11 2012 2:13 PM

The highly anticipated revamped and redesigned MacBook Pro has been unveiled at WWDC 2012, heralded as the thinnest MacBook Pro ever made, with a revolutionary 2,880 x 1,800 Retina display. 

The next-generation MacBook Pro is just 0.71 inches thin-- a quarter thinner than the current MacBook Pro. Phil Schiller, senior vice president of worldwide marketing at Apple, said at the company's Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) that the new 15.4-inch MacBook Pro is thinner than his finger, 

Apple has updated all of its native apps such a Safari and iPhoto to support Retina graphics. Professional apps such as Final Cut Pro have also been updated to support the new 15.4 inch display retina display resolution. The upper-right corner of the screen is 100 percent 1080p video. Pixel-perfect with plenty of room for a full timeline and library. 

The Retina display boasts four times the number of pixels than the previous generation of MacBook Pro display. That's 220 ppi. 5,184,000 pixels.

While the display still looks glossy, Apple has ensured that the new pro will have reduced glare. Surfing the web will now be like experiencing magazine-like quality, according to Apple. 

Aside from the display, the new MacBook Pro comes with quad-core Intel Core i7, up to 2.7GHz and can support up to 16GB of 1,600MHz RAM. It will also come with 768GB of internal flash storage, which is three quarters of a terabyte.Other features include, Kepler graphics and seven hours of battery life with up to 30 days of standby. 

In terms of connectivity there are more options than every before. Including: Two Thunderbolt ports, USB 3, USB 2, an SD card slot, and even HDMI.

In addition there is a glass trackpad, backlit keyboard, 802.11n WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, FaceTime HD, dual microphones with beam forming for a new generation of voice apps, as well as stereo speakers.

The next generation MacBook Pro with a Retina display starts at $2,199 for 256GB of storage and 8GB of RAM. The computer starts shipping today.

Classic Macbook Pro Update

Meanwhile, the 13-inch version of the MacBook Pro has been updated with a 1800 x 800 display as well as the options of a 2.5-GHz dual-core i5 or 2.9-GHz dual-core i7 processor. The battery life has been extended to seven hours and will sell for $1,199 or $1,499 depending on the configuration. 

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