Apple has announced changes to its notebook ranges, including a new high-end 15.4in MacBook Pro that quadruples the number of pixels in the display.
Unveiled at Apple’s annual WWDC developer’s conference in San Francisco, the MacBook Pro follows the recent iPhone and iPad screen upgrades by massively increasing the number of pixels in the display.
The new Retina Display MacBook Pro packs a 2,880 x 1,800 resolution into 15.4 inches, totalling 5,184,000 pixels. Apple’s Phil Schiller added that, “We’ve been able to reduce the glare and reflection by 75 percent.”
The notebook is only 0.71 inches (18mm) thin and weighs 4.6lbs (2.08kg) with a 7-hour battery life. It will ship with OS X Lion but Apple’s bundled apps have been updated to take advantage of the new display, including Mail, Safari, iPhoto and iMovie. Adobe is said to be working on upgrading Photoshop for the Retina Display notebook, as is Autocad.
In a recorded video at the convention’s keynote presentation, designer Sir Jonathan Ive said, “Without any doubt, it’s the very best computer we’ve ever built.”
Under the hood is a 2.3 GHz or 2.6 GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 processor with Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.3/3.6 GHz respectively, up to 16GB of RAM and up to 1GB of video memory, depending on the configuration options.
The price for a version with 8GB of memory and 256GB of flash SSD is reportedly £1,799 inc VAT (£1,499.17 ex VAT). Up to 768GB SSD can be specified. Shipping starts immediately.
It’s the first MacBook to have HDMI built in. Other key specs include Bluetooth 4.0, Facetime HD and dual microphones.
There are two Thunderbolt ports and USB 3.0 ports, while two new Thunderbolt adapters provide Ethernet and FireWire 800 compatibility. Apple has also redesigned the Magsafe power connector to be thinner.
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