Moments ago at WWDC 2012, Apple’s Phil Schiller announced updates to both the MacBook Air and the MacBook Pro, finally unveiling a new Retina display which will arrive in the 15-inch MacBook Pro model.
MacBook Pro, with Retina Display
The Retina-enabled MacBook Pro is stunning. It is as thin as a MacBook Air, weighs in at 4.6lbs and is 15.4-inches across. It has a 2880 x 1800 pixel resolution and has four times the number of pixels previously — that’s 220 pixels per inch and 5,184,000 pixels in total.
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Apple has also been able to reduce the glare and reflection by 75%, making it easier to see things on the screen, but also use it in direct sunlight.
The Retina-ready MacBook Pro’s are configurable: up to 16GB of RAM and boast up to 1GB of video memory. Additionally, a maximum of 768GB of Flash storage is available (that’s flash memory, SSD, not standard hard drives) and it still kicks out 7 hours of battery life.
On with more features, this is the first MacBook ever to have HDMI built in. It includes an updated MagSafe connector — now called Magsafe 2, and it’s a lot thinner. The new notebook also uses fans with asymetrical blades that distribute the sound across ‘multiple spectrums’ making it quieter.
How much does it cost? $2199! And it ships today. Crazy talk. “Without any doubt, it’s the very best computer we’ve ever built,” says Apple’s design chief, Jony Ive.
MacBook Pro, 13″ and 15″
Separately, Apple has updated the standard 13-inch and 15-inch version priced at $1199 and $1499. They will come with the following specifications:
13-inch – 2.5 or 2.9 GHz dual core, 4 or 8 gigs of RAM, 500 or 750 GB HDD, $1199 and $1499
15-inch – 2.3, 2.6 or 2.7 GHz quad core, 4, 8 or 16 Gigs of RAM, 500, 750 HDD, GeForce GT 650m, $1799 and $2199
Learn more here.