After months of rumors, Apple launched the new MacBook Pro with Retina display at WWDC 2012. The new notebook has the power of MacBook Pro (MBP), but slimmer, lighter, and Retina display with super high resolution.
Read on for the unique features of the sexy new notebook.
Apple managed to port high-resolution Retina display from iPad to MBP with Retina. The 15.4-inch notebook has a resolution of 2880 x 1800 pixels at 220 pixels per inch. It is the 1st notebook in the World with this kind of resolution. The retina display gives you sharper onscreen text and see more of high-resolution image with pixel-for-pixel accuracy.
As thin as MacBook Air
MacBook Pro with Retina is only 1.8 cm tall and weight 2.02KG. It is so much thinner than MacBook Pro, and as thin as the MacBook Air’s 1.7 cm.
Here is what it looks like inside MBP with Retina:
It is impressive that Apple manage to squeeze quad-core processor, powerful graphic, flash storage, memory, battery, and two fans all in the slim body. Oh, Apple designed their own fans for maximum airflow with low noise.
MacBook Pro with Retina is powered by Intel Core i7 quad-core processor (2.3/2.6 HGz), 8GB RAM (expandable to 16GB), NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M with 1GB memory (read: high-resolution gaming ready!) and automatic graphic switching to Intel HD Graphics 4000.
No sacrifice of battery life for the notebook power. MBP with Retina still gives you 7 hours battery life, 30 days standby time.
Flash drive only
MBP with Retina use SSD flash drive only for file storage. SSD has better performance than hard drive and no moving parts. Due to the custom design parts for MBP with Retina, the flash drive is not self-upgradeable. No DIY.
Ports and Connections
MacBook Pro with Retina display has one USB 3 port (USB 2 compatible) at each left and right side. Two Thunderbolt ports for connecting external monitors, external drives, and supported devices. SDXC card slot and HDMI port. It uses a new thinner MagSafe 2 power port.
Like MacBook Pro, MacBook Pro with Retina has dual speakers. It has has dual mics that helps to reduce background noises and optimize performance.
Price and Availability
MacBook Pro with Retina display is now available for order. There are two models:
- 2.3 GHz (256 GB storage) – USD $2199
- 2.6 GHz (512 GB storage) – USD $2799
Apple MacBook Pro with Retina introduction video
Macbook Pro Retina hands-on by TheVerge