Finally, after months of rumours, Apple has unveiled its next-generation MacBook Pro models, with prices ranging from $1800 to a whopping $2800.
The higher end model sports a stunning 15.4-inch retina display with a pixel density of 2880 x 1800 for pin-sharp viewing, which Apple’s CEO Tim Cook claims has “four times the number of pixels than the previous generation of MacBook Pro display” had. (Note however, that the maximum useable resolution inside Mac OS is 1920×1200, and the resolution can be scaled to fit your viewing needs).
For what we know, Apple will not be offering a matte version of the screen. However, it claims to have reduced glare and reflections by 70%. We will suspend our judgment until we have full hands-on time with the device.
For users on a budget, (well, to Apple’s standards anyways) there’s also a 13 and 15-inch model, but without the boon of a retina display (and without the newfound thinness).
At 4.46 pounds, it’s the lightest MacBook Pro ever and is also the thinnest – almost on par with the MacBook Air.
The Californian firm claims the refreshed MacBook Pro is the most “beautiful computer” they’ve ever made.
Speaking at his company’s annual World Wide Developer’s conference in San Francisco, Cook said:
“We want the next-generation Pro to have a killer new display… ”
“How’s the battery life? We’re really proud that we’re getting up to seven hours of battery life, with up to 30 days of standby time.”
He added: “The next-generation MacBook Pro is the most beautiful computer we’ve ever made… There’s never been a notebook that is this gorgeous.”
The range has been given an almight boost with the 3rd generation Intel Core processors (Ivy bridge) and powerful, Kepler graphics from Nvidia (GeForce GT 650M). In tandem, the new components allow better performance than previous generations of CPUs and GPUs, but most importantly do so at a reduced power and heat dissipation requirements, which allowed Apple to shrink the MacBook Pro to such an elusory thinness.
“Today we’ve updated the entire MacBook line with faster processors, graphics, memory, flash storage and USB 3 connectivity,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing.
“We’ve made the world’s best portable family even better and we think users are going to love the performance advances in both the MacBook Air and MacBook Pro.”
The 13-inch MacBook Pro sports an Intel Core i5 or i7 processor, up to 2.9 GHz with Turbo Boost speeds of up to 3.6 GHz.
It’s 15-inch counterpart features quad-core i7 processors, as well as the GeForce GT 650M discrete graphics.
Both models can be configured with a 1TB hard drive or SSDs up to 512GB – twice as fast as the previous generation of Apple’s MacBook laptops.
The 13-inch MacBook Pro is available with a 2.5 GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 processor, 4GB of memory and 500GB hard drive starting at $1199 inc VAT and with a 2.9 GHz dual-core Intel Core i7 processor, 8GB of memory and 750GB hard drive starting at $1499 inc VAT.
The 15-inch MacBook Pro is available with a 2.3 GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 processor, 4GB of memory, Intel HD Graphics 4000 and NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M, and 500GB hard drive starting at $2199.
You can replace the hard drive with a 256GB SSD disk for $400.
The Retina models start at $2199 (2.3 GHz i7, 8GB RAM, 256 GB SSD Drive) up to a whopping $2799 (2.6 GHz i7, 8GB RAM, 512 GB SSD Drive).