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Refreshed MacBook Air and MacBook Pro models aren’t exciting enough for you? Then how about sinking your teeth into the slim new “next generation” MacBook Pro with Retina Display unveiled at WWDC 2012 today?
You’ve been dreaming about it and now it’s true: Apple’s next-generation MacBook Pro with Retina Display has arrived, which senior vice president of worldwide marketing Phil Schiller calls “the most beautiful computer we have ever made.”
The new ultra-thin design is a mere 0.71 inches thick and weighs less than 4.5 pounds -- easily the lightest MacBook Pro ever, and nearly as small as a MacBook Air.
However, the real story is the Retina Display, which packs 220 ppi into a 15.4-inch display for a whopping 2880x1800 -- four times the number of pixels in current MacBook Pro computers. “The world’s highest resolution notebook display,” Schiller boats.
Needless to say, OS X has been updated to take advantage of the new model’s high-resolution display, which Schiller promises includes deeper blacks, a higher angle of viewing and a glare reduction of up to 75 percent.
Apple’s own applications have also been updated to take advantage of the new model, including Mail, Safari, iMovie, iPhoto and pro apps like Aperture and Final Cut Pro X. The company has also been working with key developers such as Adobe, complete with a demonstration of Photoshop CS6 working on the new MacBook Pro.
Schiller then moved on to show off the inside of the new MacBook Pro, which runs the fastest Intel Core i7 quad-core processors, maxing out at 16GB RAM with next-generation Kepler Nvidia GeForce GT 650M graphics and up to 768GB of fast flash storage.
The new MacBook Pro battery lasts up to seven hours or 30 days of standby time, and comes complete with an SD slot, HDMI, Thunderbolt and USB 2.0 and 3.0 on both sides. New accessories include a Thunderbolt to FireWire 800 adapter as well as Thunderbolt to Gigabit Ethernet.
The next-generation MacBook Pro with Retina Display starts at $2199 and begins shipping today.
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