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Apple reveals new MacBook Pros, MacBook Airs

updated 01:39 pm EDT, Mon June 11, 2012

Top-end Pro moves to Retina display

Presenting at its WWDC 2012 keynote, Apple today announced new MacBook Pro and Air models. The flagship system is a new, ultra-thin 15-inch Pro, just 0.71 inches thick, and 4.46 pounds. It also makes an upgrade to a Retina display, with a resolution of 2880x1800 and a 220ppi pixel density. The screen is also said to have a higher contrast ratio, better viewing angles, and reduced glare. To match, all the stock apps in OS X Lion have been updated to support the screen, as have Aperture and Final Cut Pro.

Apps which haven't been updated can be pixel-doubled to compensate for size. Adobe is said to be working on a Retina update for Photoshop, while Autodesk is working on one for AutoCAD. Blizzard's action-RPG Diablo III is likewise getting a graphics update.

Specifications-wise the computer has options up to a 2.7GHz quad-core Core i7, with NVIDIA Kepler GT 650M graphics. SD, HDMI, and USB 3.0 ports are present, as well as Thunderbolt and a new, thinner version of the MagSafe power format, known as MagSafe 2. Some other features include a glass trackpad, a backlit keyboard, 802.11n Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth 4.0. A new FaceTime HD camera has been added along with dual microphones and stereo speakers.

The Retina MacBook Pro is on sale today with a $2,199 starting price, which includes a 2.3GHz quad-core processor, 8GB of RAM and 256GB of SSD space.

Apple has also put out non-Retina Pro updates. Two 13-inch models each use 1280x800 screens, with video supplied by integrated Intel HD Graphics 4000 chips. The cheaper one of the two, costing $1,199, uses a 2.5GHz dual-core i5 CPU, 4GB of RAM, and a 500GB hard drive. The other is $1,499, but has a 2.9GHz dual-core i7, 8GB of RAM, and a 750GB HDD.

The 15-inch systems use 1440x900 displays, with a 512MB GT 650M video card for the $1,799 model, and 1GB GT 650M for the $2,199 option. The lower-cost system has a 2.3GHz quad-core i7, 4GB of RAM, and a 500GB hard disk. The high-end one has a 2.6GHz quad-core i7, 8GB of RAM, and a 750GB hard disk. All of the new Pros have USB 3.0 ports.

The new MacBook Airs likewise have USB 3.0 ports, as well as FaceTime HD cameras. Two 11-inch options use 1366x768 displays, 1.7GHz dual-core i5 CPUs, 4GB of RAM, and HD Graphics 4000 chips. The only difference is a 128GB SSD for the $1,099 tier versus a 64GB SSD for $999. Upgrading to one of the two 13-inch models gets a 1440x900 display and a 1.8GHz dual-core i5; paying $1,199 gets a 128GB SSD, while $1,499 brings 256GB. Customization allows for up to a 2GHz dual-core i7, and as much as 8GB of RAM.



By Electronista Staff
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  1. Miniryu

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    Joined: Oct 1999

    +4

    My friend JUST bought the old MBP today

    She hasn't even opened it. Does Apple do returns?

  1. facebook_Matthew

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    Yes, Apple does returns!

  1. rodvera

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    +2

    YEs they do

    My little sister bought an older 21.5-inch iMac before they were updated. I called Apple and they do take returns. Don't open the box.

  1. facebook_Matthew

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    Yes, Apple does returns!

  1. rtamesis

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    No more SuperDrives...

    ...for the Retina Display Macbook Pros, according to Apple's website.

  1. prl99

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    -1

    new Mac Pros

    Checked the store and new Mac Pros are showing up even though they weren't announced during the WWDC keynote.

  1. testudo

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    -2

    Returns

    Only if you bought it direct from Apple.

  1. testudo

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    Re: No more SuperDrives...

    ...for the Retina Display Macbook Pros, according to Apple's website.

    Of course not. We need thinner. That's all that is important! Thin!

    Plus who uses physical media anymore?

  1. Fonejacker

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    RIP 17" MacBook Pro?

    My family and I have bought three 17" MacBook Pros over the last 7 years. We were hoping to buy three new ones this year. So am very, very unhappy about the pricing of the new MacBook Pros, over £2k in the UK, for a 15" MacBook Pro. Also you can only upgrade to 768Gb Flash Storage. Way too small for my needs. I need a minimum of 1TB. I am not totally convinced Apple will walk away from the 17" market. It makes more sense to launch the new MacBook Pro with the bigger selling 15" model first, with a 17" model to follow in September. Well I hope so. Apple, please launch a 17" MacBook Pro this year with bigger hard drives. Flash is still too small and expensive.

  1. Glasspusher

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    17"?

    Man, that 17" was not for me. I got one at work about 10 years back, and while it was a fine computer, it was more like a desktop replacement than a portable. More like an ironing board! To each his own...

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