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
Kantastic
Unless Asus or Samsung can come up with something close, I might finally pay a visit to the Apple store in anticipation of college.
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#2
phanbuey
I wish they would refresh the 13" line with the higher spec screen. My current 13" is a beast that I can upgrade to 16GB of ram, with the 128GB SSD and a creappy 1280x800 screen.

A $1,400 mid range variant with the nice screen would be fantastic.
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#3
Crap Daddy
About that resolution. Can somebody explain to me what is the difference between digital resolution and VGA resolution since in GT650M specs it say max for digital 3840 x 2160 and max for VGA 2048x1536? And how can you see the icons at that res on a 15" screen?
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#4
vanyots
Crap Daddy said:
About that resolution. Can somebody explain to me what is the difference between digital resolution and VGA resolution since in GT650M specs it say max for digital 3840 x 2160 and max for VGA 2048x1536? And how can you see the icons at that res on a 15" screen?
Digital is the resolution you get out of your digital outputs(DVI, HDMI, DislayPort), and VGA is he analog resolution from the VGA port.

And icons can scale too, and can be 64x64 or even 256x256 pixels:cool:
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#5
phanbuey
Crap Daddy said:
About that resolution. Can somebody explain to me what is the difference between digital resolution and VGA resolution since in GT650M specs it say max for digital 3840 x 2160 and max for VGA 2048x1536? And how can you see the icons at that res on a 15" screen?
VGA refers to a video feed that is going from an analog VGA cable (it is the smaller monitor cable, usually has a blue port) it is an older standard. The limit of the resolution is a result of the cable and not the card.

You can see the icons because OSX uses different DPI scaling than windows. Everything up sizes correctly, so you just have super sharp display without needing a magnifying glass.
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#6
Soylent Joe
Goddammit I'm so happy there's still such an innovative company like Apple around. As long as the prices don't go up between generations, I'm planning on getting a 13" 2012 MBP.
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#7
phanbuey
Soylent Joe said:
Goddammit I'm so happy there's still such an innovative company like Apple around. As long as the prices don't go up between generations, I'm planning on getting a 13" 2012 MBP.
They haven't updated the 13" with the goodies tho. If they could stuff a 650M and a dual core ivy with even a 1440x900 screen (like the current air screen) I would totally go for it.
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#8
Soylent Joe
phanbuey said:
They haven't updated the 13" with the goodies tho. If they could stuff a 650M and a dual core ivy with even a 1440x900 screen (like the current air screen) I would totally go for it.
Yeah I just saw that. Nothing very exciting with the 13". Probably will make a pass until they release a 13" high res edition.
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#9
Wrigleyvillain
PTFO or GTFO
Soylent Joe said:
Goddammit I'm so happy there's still such an innovative company like Apple around. As long as the prices don't go up between generations, I'm planning on getting a 13" 2012 MBP.
Wait...what forum is this? :p

Man too bad it's not the fat cat days around work anymore; we'd be getting a whole bunch of these. Seeing in person might be worth a lunchtime trip to the Apple store.
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#10
Dippyskoodlez
Wrigleyvillain said:
Wait...what forum is this? :p
Already placed my order. :pimp:

2.6/16gb ram/512 SSD.

This is my work-top though. I will use the shit out of every 1 and 0 it can process. Time to put my Developer account to work!
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#11
Steevo
I admit, crapple may be the scum of the earth but that display is supah smooth.
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#12
Dippyskoodlez
NOTE TO ANYONE ORDERING: THE MEMORY IS SOLDERED IN MACBOOK AIR STYLE.

Order it with what you'll want.


INB4HATERS:
http://www.anandtech.com/show/5688/apple-ipad-2012-review/13

Its crazy we're getting to the point that sockets are impairing our battery life :O

Its little details like this, that I really admire the people that get to work on those projects.
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#13
OneCool
Starting at $2800 :eek:


To rich for my blood
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#14
Dippyskoodlez
OneCool said:
Starting at $2800 :eek:


To rich for my blood
$2199 not $2800. Just over baseline Macbook Pro price.
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#15
FordGT90Concept
"I go fast!1!11!1!"
Completely Bonkers said:
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.
Most consumers think they're useless/not willing to pay for it. High res screens have been available for a long time but only the professional market buy them (specifically radiology) because they are cost prohibitive.

Put bluntly, only Apple can get away with selling $500+ monitors included (thanks to brand loyalty) with the computer price whereas Dell, HP, Lenovo, Acer, etc. cannot. The bulk of their computer sells come in at half the price Apple sells for.
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#16
radrok
Good Apple, now sell me a 30" 4K res Cinema Display :) with Dual-Dual-DVI and I'll be veeery happy, heck even a 27" 2880x1800 would be good.
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#17
repman244
FordGT90Concept said:
Put bluntly, only Apple can get away with selling $500 monitors included (thanks to brand loyalty) with the computer price whereas Dell, HP, Lenovo, Acer, etc. cannot.
You have an option of a 10-bit IPS DreamColor panel with HP's elitebook workstations which costs around $400-500, can't remember if Dell and Lenovo offer such panel as well.
The fact is that there are much better laptops (hardware/component wise) that cost 2-3 times more than MBP, but they mostly don't come in such small thickness (I'm talking about workstation laptops) and battery life suffers as well.
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#18
FordGT90Concept
"I go fast!1!11!1!"
The "DreamColor" laptops are aimed at graphics/video professionals as they come with Quadro/FirePro cards (adds about 400-500% to the cost of graphics alone). DreamColor is also only up to 1920x1080 on the screen I'm looking at: http://h20000.www2.hp.com/bizsupport/TechSupport/Document.jsp?objectID=c02030608&lang=en&cc=us&taskId=&prodSeriesId=4096175&prodTypeId=321957

Mac Book Pro doesn't even come close to the offerings of the Quadro/FirePro. Correct me if I'm wrong but you can't even get a Quadro/FirePro in an Apple product (even the $2500+ Mac Pro). This is why graphics designers are moving increasingly to Windows-based computers. Adobe, specifically, requires NVIDIA Quadro (CUDA cores) for some components of their master suite.
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#19
repman244
FordGT90Concept said:
The "DreamColor" laptops are aimed at graphics/video professionals as they come with Quadro/FirePro cards (adds about 400-500% to the cost of graphics alone). DreamColor is also only up to 1920x1080 on the screen I'm looking at: http://h20000.www2.hp.com/bizsupport/TechSupport/Document.jsp?objectID=c02030608&lang=en&cc=us&taskId=&prodSeriesId=4096175&prodTypeId=321957

Mac Book Pro doesn't even come close to the offerings of the Quadro/FirePro. Correct me if I'm wrong but you can't even get a Quadro/FirePro in an Apple product. This is why graphics designers are moving increasingly to Windows-based computers. Adobe, specifically, requires NVIDIA Quadro (CUDA cores) for some components of their master suite.
Yes they are exotic but the colour reproduction is amazing. Yes maximum resolution is 1080p and to even use it you need a FirePro/Quadro to enable 10-bit support, but all workstation models come with either a FirePro or a Quadro.

I don't know about Apple's "desktop" line of computers but no there are no FirePro/Quadro for laptops.
About CUDA, AFAIK a normal gaming card is better in CUDA due to higher clocks compared to Quadro which is more optimized for OpenGL. Although I could be very wrong since I don't have a Quadro card...
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#20
anonymous6366
Not an apple fan but that laptop is gonna be baller. Of course its overpriced as shit though lol
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#21
Dippyskoodlez
FordGT90Concept said:

Mac Book Pro doesn't even come close to the offerings of the Quadro/FirePro. Correct me if I'm wrong but you can't even get a Quadro/FirePro in an Apple product (even the $2500+ Mac Pro). This is why graphics designers are moving increasingly to Windows-based computers. Adobe, specifically, requires NVIDIA Quadro (CUDA cores) for some components of their master suite.
iirc Adobe products on OS X don't require Quadro(which would be stupid, since theres only ever been like 2-3 ever made since the Intel transition.). I could be wrong.

They also work on Ati GPU's, whereas on Windows they do not.
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#22
OneCool
Dippyskoodlez said:
$2199 not $2800. Just over baseline Macbook Pro price.
$2200 :eek:

Too rich for my blood :rolleyes:

I mean come on how much you think Apple will have in that thing with parts,labor,shipping and r&d cost...hell even through in marketing?I bet they still make close too a grand on each one :shadedshu

BTW if you show up at your local coffee house with only a 256 ssd in your MacBook fucking PRO you will be laughed at....soo much so they will black ball you for ever!! :respect:
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#23
FordGT90Concept
"I go fast!1!11!1!"
Dippyskoodlez said:
iirc Adobe products on OS X don't require Quadro(which would be stupid, since theres only ever been like 2-3 ever made since the Intel transition.). I could be wrong.

They also work on Ati GPU's, whereas on Windows they do not.
http://www.adobe.com/products/creativesuite/mastercollection/tech-specs.html
Windows:
•Dedicated GPU card required for SpeedGrade (for optimal performance in SpeedGrade and for GPU-accelerated features in Adobe Premiere Pro and After Effects: NVIDIA Quadro 4000, 5000, or 6000 or other Adobe-certified GPU card with at least 1GB of VRAM recommended); visit adobe.com/products/premiere/extend.html for supported cards

Mac OS:
•Dedicated GPU card recommended (for optimal performance in SpeedGrade and for GPU-accelerated features in Adobe Premiere Pro and After Effects: NVIDIA Quadro 4000 or other Adobe-certified GPU card with at least 1GB of VRAM recommended); visit adobe.com/products/premiere/extend.html for supported cards
SpeedGrade requires CUDA and they recommend Quadro because of driver optimizations for Adobe products.

SpeedGrade specifically: http://www.adobe.com/products/speedgrade/tech-specs.html
Windows:
•Dedicated GPU card with at least 1GB VRAM (NVIDIA Quadro 4000, 5000, or 6000 recommended)

Mac OS:
•Dedicated GPU card with at least 1GB of VRAM recommended (for optimal performance: NVIDIA Quadro 4000 for Mac)
PNY makes the Quadro 4000 for Mac. That's your only choice though. It's the only Quadro card, as far as I can tell, that NVIDIA makes Mac drivers for.
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#24
Dippyskoodlez
FordGT90Concept said:

PNY makes the Quadro 4000 for Mac. That's your only choice though. It's the only Quadro card, as far as I can tell, that NVIDIA makes Mac drivers for.


Given the GT 650 just appeared for Macs, would stand to reason they just need to add it to the list.

My comment stands :)
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#25
FordGT90Concept
"I go fast!1!11!1!"
Only the "Quardo 4000 for Mac" could do 10-bit color and that can only be installed in Mac Pro.
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