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Apple Unveils New MacBook Pro with 15.4in Retina Display


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Apple announced a super slim new 15.4in MacBook Pro with Retina Display at its 2012 WWDC event

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.

Apple MacBook Pro Retina Display

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.

More info at Apple

Photo via The Telegraph

Well Spoken Waffle

June 12, 2012, 1:00 am

alas the price is far far too high for me personally to justify. even if it has that nice screen...


June 12, 2012, 11:45 am

Looks like an amazing machine. Shame Apple won't install a Blu Ray drive to play HD content on that super screen of theirs. Some of us are stuck in an (inner-London!) area with poor internet speeds so downloading isn't a fast option.

Max OS is what always puts me off, some of us don't need fancy trackpad gestures or the ability to integrate our lives across every device with auto syncing of everything and all the other "cool" features Apple always unveil. Some of us still like using a mouse and just want a fast laptop that can do a bit of MS Office, bit of web browsing and some gaming (in a slender portable frame, not a 5kg desktop replacement monster)...I find Windows 7 does all I need with minimal fuss (not like I need to edit an autoexec.bat file these days), including Skyrim and Crysis - or many other games that don't run natively on a Mac. And I personally don't really want a dual-OS machine.

If only Apple made laptops with W7 installed already, I'd be selling my left kidney to buy one, because their hardware seems hard to beat! ;-) (well, apart from the lack of Blu Ray drives). Failing that, if any Windows laptop mfr could match their build quality and small size....the search for the perfect 15" laptop continues...


June 12, 2012, 2:26 pm

@gdawg304: Shame Apple won't install a Blu Ray drive

Yeah, also a shame BlueRay licencing is a farce. It's no wonder BlueRay has not really gone mainstream, in the same way DVD did. Although not ideal you can use external BlueRay drives with Mac.

@gdawg304: And I personally don't really want a dual-OS machine.

Then don't setup a Dual boot machine, and install W7 directly.

@gdawg304: the search for the perfect 15" laptop continues...

I'm sure Acer/Dell will come out with machines with similar spec, so I don't think you'll have to wait too long.


June 12, 2012, 3:25 pm

Yeah, it's a shame that licence issues spoil choice for the consumer (apparently a similar thing with streaming video providers like Netflix and the film studios, limiting what is available on any one service - I haven't looked into it much because I'm stuck with a low internet connection speed, so no HD streaming for me). Just as well a lot of movies are now available with the DVD and Blu Ray in one case.

I guess I could get one and just remove Mac OSX in favour of Windows, I don't need iCloud and all that jazz. The hardware of these Macs is the most desirable on the market, but damn, £2,299 is a lot of money. Wonder if they'll do a discount for not having an OS installed :-)

Either way we all know they will sell plenty of machines. They are slick products.

Question is, will Acer and Dell come out with machines with a similar spec, with such high build quality in a slender chassis? My Dell Studio 17 is feeling a bit clunky and creaky - all 4.1kg of it.

I guess what I mean is....dammit I still want one! Despite the things I don't like about it. I'm a weak human being. lol

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