Revealed: Macbook Pro with Retina Display
Apple's flagship laptop, the MacBook Pro, got a makeover just in time for the company's Worldwide Developer conference in June, 2012. Some of the changes are pretty dramatic...
Review of the New MacBook Pro
The new MacBook Pro is here, announced by Apple on June 11th. Is it the best computer ever? Or just another laptop? Let's take a look at what's new and exciting in the 2012 MacBook Pro announcement...
The new MacBook Pro comes with an amazingly crisp Retina display -- the same type that comes with the latest iPads. Its resolution is a staggering 2880 x 1800 pixels, or about 2 million more pixels than you'll find on an HDTV screen. The Retina display even beats an iPad's pixel count in 16:10 aspect ratio. The Retina screen boasts higher contrast ratios, IPS technology, and 75 per cent less glare despite its glassy screen finish. Incidentally, the name "Retina" is derived from the idea that the screen resolution is so high, that the human eye is not able to notice any pixelation, or ragged edges on the display.
Another big change is that traditional magnetic hard drives are gone from the MacBook Pro. Mass storage is now 100 percent solid-state drive, with a capacity up to 768 GB. The MacBook Air already used SSDs exclusively; maximum capacity of Air SSDs was doubled to 512 GB. Apple's iDrive cloud storage service is now standard with every laptop the company makes.
And thin is in, for all Apple laptops now. The new MacBook Pro looks more like the Air model now, with a finger-width thickness of 0.7 inches. The weight of the new MacBook Pro is just under 4.5 pounds, making it a quarter-inch thinner and a pound lighter than the older model.
More of This, Less of That
Quad-core Intel i7 Ivy Bridge processors join the MacBook Pro for the first time, putting this laptop on a level with many high-end gaming systems. The base CPU runs at 2.3 GHz and can be ramped up to 3.3 GHz. The system includes Nvidia GeForce GT 650M graphics, a FaceTime HD camera, and two microphones.
Apple added more ports to the MacBook Pro, including an SD card slot, HDMI, twin USB 3.0 ports, two Thunderbolt ports, and a headphone port. There is no Ethernet or Firewire port; however, either can be purchased in dongle form. Also notable is the lack of an optical drive. That means you can't play music or movies from a CD or DVD disc, or burn a CD for data storage.
The new MacBook Pro starts at $2,199; that includes a 2.3 GHz CPU overclocked to 3.3 GHz, 8 GB of 1600 MHz RAM, 256 GB of SSD storage, and Nvidia GeForce GT 650M graphics with 1GB DDR5 memory. The $2,799 version bumps the processor up to 2.6GHz and increases flash storage to 512GB.
Of course, when any Apple product is announced, there is the requisite rejoicing, singing and dancing in the streets. This is accompanied by weeping, gnashing of teeth and ominous prognostications of the demise of all other forms of computing. Some pundits are already predicting the demise of the UltraBook, which I find a bit silly. The irony here is directed at those same experts who last week were predicting that tablets would take over the world, leaving desktop and laptop computers in the dustbin of history.
The new MacBook Pro looks like an awesome laptop, especially for business travelers. But it's not exactly a game-changer. It may well be "the best computer Apple has ever made," but it's also one of the most expensive laptops on the market. Its high price puts it in a relatively small niche, and it will be competing with Windows-based Ultrabooks selling for under $1000. But the new MacBook Pro does raise the bar for laptop specs, and that challenge will be felt throughout the industry.
Are you planning to buy a new MacBook Pro? Post your comment or question below...
This article was posted by Bob Rankin on 12 Jun 2012
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