Monday, June 11th 2012

Apple Introduces All New MacBook Pro with Retina Display

Apple today unveiled an all new 15-inch MacBook Pro featuring a stunning Retina display, all flash storage and quad-core processors in a radically thin and light design. Measuring a mere 0.71 inches and weighing only 4.46 pounds, the completely redesigned MacBook Pro sets a new standard in performance and portability for pro users.

“The MacBook Pro with Retina display pushes the limits of performance and portability like no other notebook,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “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 new MacBook Pro Retina display is the world’s highest resolution notebook display with over 5 million pixels, 3 million more than an HD television (2880 x 1800). 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, so text and graphics look incredibly sharp. 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 generation.

Featuring a precision engineered aluminum unibody design and an all flash storage architecture, the all new MacBook Pro is the lightest MacBook Pro ever and nearly as thin as a MacBook Air. Flash storage that is up to four times faster than traditional notebook hard drives enables the all new MacBook Pro to play four simultaneous streams of uncompressed 1080p HD video from internal storage.* The flash storage architecture also delivers improved reliability, instant-on responsiveness and 30 days of standby time.

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 16 GB of faster 1600 MHz RAM and flash storage up to 768 GB. 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 battery delivers up to 7 hours of wireless productivity, and uses advanced chemistry and Adaptive Charging technology to provide up to 1,000 recharges.** The MacBook Pro also features a FaceTime HD camera, glass Multi-Touch trackpad, full-size backlit keyboard, dual microphones, enhanced speakers, 3-stream 802.11n Wi-Fi and a thinner MagSafe 2 power port.

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. The updated Aperture 3.3 also includes revolutionary new image adjustment features and now supports a unified photo library so photographers can move seamlessly between iPhoto and Aperture.

The all new MacBook Pro ships with OS X Lion. Starting today, customers who purchase a Mac are eligible for a free copy of OS X Mountain Lion when it becomes available. Mountain Lion introduces innovative features including the all new Messages app, Notification Center, system-wide Sharing, AirPlay Mirroring, Game Center and the enhanced security of Gatekeeper. With iCloud built into the foundation of OS X, Mountain Lion makes it easier than ever to keep your content up to date across all your devices.

Pricing & Availability
The 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display is available through the Apple Online Store (apple.com), Apple’s retail stores and Apple Authorized Resellers. 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, 8 GB of memory and 256 GB of flash storage starting at $2,199 (US); 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 512 GB of flash storage starting at $2,799 (US). Configure-to-order options include faster quad-core processors up to 2.7 GHz, up to 16 GB of memory and flash storage up to 768 GB.

Additional technical specifications, configure-to-order options and accessories are available online here.*Testing conducted by Apple in June 2012 using preproduction MacBook Pro configurations. For more information visit this page.

**The Wireless Web protocol testing was conducted by Apple in June 2012 using preproduction MacBook Pro configurations. Battery life and charge cycles vary by use and settings. For more information visit this page.
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130 Comments on Apple Introduces All New MacBook Pro with Retina Display

#1
NC37
I don't see an optical and no HDD option either...pass. Thing is gonna be all pretty but you'll end up carrying a ton of extra devices.
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#2
theeldest
The WWDC (still going on) stated optical drives are still in the macbook pro line and the SSDs go up to 768GB.
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#3
Fairlady-z
I like the resolution and GPU for a clean looking laptop to bad its not windows based lol.... I dunno nothing against apple, but I hate change. :ohwell:
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#4
theeldest
by: Fairlady-z
I like the resolution and GPU for a clean looking laptop to bad its not windows based lol.... I dunno nothing against apple, but I hate change. :ohwell:
Boot camp lets you install windows directly with full driver support.

EDIT: honestly, I hate apple and their fans but they make some of the best laptops. Solid design and make good use of graphics hardware to accelerate the operating system.
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#5
Leon2ky
So what is the actual resolution...
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#6
sc
I hope that having a crappy GPU with such a resolution will be the start of Apple's downfall.
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#7
v12dock
I wonder how much that display cost alone
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#8
theeldest
by: Leon2ky
So what is the actual resolution...
2880x1800 on the 15.4" Mac Pro
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#9
wickerman
by: NC37
I don't see an optical and no HDD option either...pass. Thing is gonna be all pretty but you'll end up carrying a ton of extra devices.
I have not had to use a CD in years, even buying boxed software you often have the option of downloading the installer and using your boxed key without issue. The only reason my desktop has an optical drive is for ripping blurays, I honestly can't remember the last time it was used to install software or games. Obviously my own needs probably differ from yours but I imagine more people would want an optical drive as a precaution "just in case" rather than because they use it daily.

Also I am blown away by that resolution, suddenly I feel a bit shamed with my 2560x1440 panel lol. Hopefully this is a sign of great things to come and we will see higher resolutions coming to desktops very soon. It is an absolute shame to have such powerful gpus like we have today and be limited to such pitifully low resolutions. 2560x1440/2560x1600 is no stress for even a single high end gpu, never mind SLI/Crossfire.

The GT 650M should be enough power for most things, hell of a step up from HD 4000, but isn't it basically going to match the new GT 640? I mean 384 shaders from GK107 and 128bit bus with DDR3? Although the core/shader speeds are probably lower. Still...you wanna find the best balance of performance and power efficiency, cant imagine that display is as efficient as the usual suspects.
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#10
Completely Bonkers
The MacBook Pro packs a Retina display with a 2880 x 1800 resolution (or 220ppi)

+1

Top dollar spec. Why oh why does it always take Apple to move the goalposts forward?!

Job well done. Now come on PC competition. Where the hell are those high res displays for laptop and for desktop??? Hmmm? Here's looking at you, you lame PC OEMs.
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#11
Woodhull
Looks like the 13" is limited to HD4000, and 1280 x 800. The 15" non-retina version gets the 650M and is 1440 x 900.
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#12
Easy Rhino
Linux Advocate
2880x1800. Love Apple for continuing to push hardware.
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#13
repman244
by: Easy Rhino
2880x1800. Love Apple for continuing to push hardware.
Yes but imagine that resolution on a laptop running Windows and it's horrible DPI setting, without proper DPI scaling I wouldn't buy it.


Looks like a solid setup, but can't help and wonder about how hot will it get...
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#14
Easy Rhino
Linux Advocate
by: repman244
Yes but imagine that resolution on a laptop running Windows and it's horrible DPI setting, without proper DPI scaling I wouldn't buy it.


Looks like a solid setup, but can't help and wonder about how hot will it get...
since it is an apple product im positive OSX looks beautiful on it... why spend a premium for an apple laptop only to get rid of one of the reasons it costs so much?
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#15
repman244
by: Easy Rhino
since it is an apple product im positive OSX looks beautiful on it... why spend a premium for an apple laptop only to get rid of one of the reasons it costs so much?
Oh sorry, I didn't word my post very well...what I meant was, when these displays hit the laptops running Windows and it's bad DPI scaling it won't look as good as the Mac running OSX which does have better DPI scaling AFAIK.
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Easy Rhino
Linux Advocate
by: repman244
Oh sorry, I didn't word my post very well...what I meant was, when these displays hit the laptops running Windows and it's bad DPI scaling it won't look as good as the Mac running OSX which does have better DPI scaling AFAIK.
i see. i wonder if the microsoft people are working on fixing that problem.
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#17
Frick
Fishfaced Nincompoop
by: Completely Bonkers

Job well done. Now come on PC competition. Where the hell are those high res displays for laptop and for desktop??? Hmmm? Here's looking at you, you lame PC OEMs.
They're coming. In 2013 they will come in hordes I think.
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#18
wotevajjjj
Awesome, I don't like apple products, but it's great to see at least someone is pushing it. First the ipad 3, now this, I really seem to like it.
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#19
Patriot
Does anyone have the real resolution...

is it 2560x1440 or 2560x1600?

2560x1800 would be nearly 4:3 and they are not quite that stupid... though some of the buyers...
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#20
aayman_farzand
It's rare to see Apple pushing the hardware envelope. Love the new Pro specs, hate the price :|
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#21
Woodhull
by: Frick
They're coming. In 2013 they will come in hordes I think.
I bet the next generation of video cards will properly run the new resolutions, too. I can't imagine what detail settings you would need to run BF3 on a 650M at 1800p.
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#22
Easy Rhino
Linux Advocate
by: aayman_farzand
It's rare to see Apple pushing the hardware envelope. Love the new Pro specs, hate the price :|
sorry but i must interject. apple has been pushing hardware since the ipod. they were the first to stick that much computing power in a small mobile device.
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#23
FreedomEclipse
Crazy Dogmatic Bullsh!t!
by: NC37
I don't see an optical and no HDD option either...pass. Thing is gonna be all pretty but you'll end up carrying a ton of extra devices.
hardly a negative point....there are hundreds of small 10.1 or 11.6" laptops/netbooks/ultrabooks out there that DONT have an optical drive.

I dont have an optical drive on my laptop and i got rid of the one on my PC cuz i dont use it at all. most of my games are downloaded from services like STEAM or have an online installer which bypasses the need to install off CD.

Obviously I do have a slimline optical drive though just for my laptop and i occasionally bring it out when i need to burn stuff either on my PC or laptop otherwise I have no use for it, I dont rent DVD movies, I dont need to install stuff because everythings already installed, and all my music is in mp3 or flac format so all i need is a USB stick to transport them around.

honestly, the Optical drive is looking more and more like the floppy drive every day that goes by.
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#24
Dippyskoodlez
by: Patriot
Does anyone have the real resolution...

is it 2560x1440 or 2560x1600?

2560x1800 would be nearly 4:3 and they are not quite that stupid... though some of the buyers...
2880x1800

Cant order soon enough :toast:
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#25
johnnyfiive
Really awesome display and laptop altogether, Apple always getting it done when it comes to build quality and features. My only question is, how is Diablo 3 going to run at 2880x1800 on a GT650 1GB card? Of course you can always lower the resolution, but I'm definitely curious to see how it does at the native res.
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