Apple reveals new ultra-thin MacBook Pro with Retina display

11 Jun 2012

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Apple revealed a new ultra-thin MacBook with a 15-inch screen featuring Retina display technology at WWDC in San Francisco today. The new machine is less than an inch thick (0.71 inches) and weighs just 4.46 pounds.

Apple said today at WWDC that the new MacBook Pro Retina display is the world’s highest-resolution notebook display with more than 5m pixels, 3m more than an HD television.

“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.”

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 75pc less reflection and 29pc higher contrast than the previous generation.

Nearly as thin as the MacBook Air

Featuring a precision engineered aluminium unibody design and an all-flash storage architecture, Apple says the 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 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 16GB of faster 1600 MHz RAM and flash storage up to 768GB. 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.

Battery life and pricing

The MacBook Pro battery delivers up to seven hours of wireless productivity, and uses advanced chemistry and Adaptive Charging technology to provide up to 1,000 recharges.

The 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.

The 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display is available through the Apple online store, Apple’s retail stores and Apple Authorised 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, 8GB of memory and 256GB of flash storage starting at €2,349 inc VAT (€1,909.76 ex VAT); 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 512GB of flash storage starting at €2,979 inc VAT (€2,421.95 ex VAT).

Configure-to-order options include faster quad-core processors up to 2.7 GHz, up to 16GB of memory and flash storage up to 768GB.

Editor John Kennedy is an award-winning technology journalist.

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