Apple Brings Retina Display to MacBook Pro for $2,199 [Update]

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SAN FRANCISCO - Apple announced on Monday new MacBook Pro models, including MacBook Pro with Retina Display. This device is thin, at just 0.71 inches, and it supports up to 16GB of RAM. The big change, however, is in the display, which will offer a resolution of 2880 x 1800, or 220 pixels per inch, making it Retina Display quality.

MacBook Pro with Retina Display

Apple’s MacBook Pro with Retina Display

For some context, Apple’s gorgeous 27-inch Cinema Display features a resolution of 2560 x 1440. At the same time, the new iPad, which also features a Retina Display, has a resolution of 2048 x 1536, at 264 pixels per inch.

That puts the new MacBook Pro at a higher resolution than Apple’s largest external display, with a pixels that are still smaller than can be made out by the human eye at laptop distance.

The new laptops will feature Intel Quad Core i7 processors and Nvidia GeForce GT 650M graphics to push all those pixels. The devices will also have up to 7 hours of battery life and 30 days of standby time, and users can get up to 768GB of internal SSD storage.

Ports include an SD card reader, HDMI, USB2/3 (in the same port, two Thunderbolt ports, and MagSafe 2 antitheft connectors. They will have two internal mics and 802.11n WiFi.

MacBoo Pro with Retina Display Ports

Ports on Apple’s MacBook Pro with Retina Display

What they will not have is an optical drive, as has been long expected.

MacBook Pro Innards

The Insides of Apple’s New MacBook Pro from Apple’s WWDC Keynote Address

Apple said that Final Cut Pro X and Aperture are both being updated for Retina Display, and that Blizzard is already working on a Retina Display update for Diablo 3. AutoDesk will be updating AutoCAD, as well.

The new MacBook Pro with Retina Display will start at US$2,199 and it is available today.

Apple also announced slightly updated 13 inch and 15 inch MacBook Pro models built in the form factor of yesterday’s MacBook Pro. We should note that this includes the retention of an 8x Superdrive.

Let’s look at the processor options, as they might at first seem counterintuitive. As noted below, the 13-inch models have the higher clock speeds on the high-end (2.9GHz vs. 2.7GHz), but note the much larger caches on the processors featured in the 15-inch models.

13-inch MacBook pro

15-inch MacBook Pro

2.5GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 processor (Turbo Boost up to 3.1GHz) with 3MB L3 cache

2.3GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 processor (Turbo Boost up to 3.3GHz) with 6MB L3 cache

2.9GHz dual-core Intel Core i7 processor (Turbo Boost up to 3.6GHz) with 4MB L3 cache 2.6GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 processor (Turbo Boost up to 3.6GHz) with 6MB L3 cache
 

Configurable to 2.7GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 (Turbo Boost up to 3.7GHz) with 8MB L3 cache.

The L3 caches on the 15-inch model are 6MB, or 50 percent larger than the cache on the processors in the 13-inch models. The faster, optional 2.7GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 features an 8MB cache.

Both sizes can have internal drives up to 1TB in capacity, or 512MB if you want SSD storage. They also feature USB 3.0 ports that include USB 2.0 compatibility.

The 13-inch MacBook Pro starts at $1,199, and the 15-inch model starts at $1,799. All are available on the Apple Store now.

[Update: The story was updated with more details and information on other MacBook Pro models]

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7 Comments Leave Your Own

geoduck

The new MacBook Pros are a dilemma. Do I go with the top end ones with the Retina display and SSD speed but that don?t have as much drive space, or do I go with the older MBP that are less expensive, nearly as fast, and have space for two drives (replace the DVD drive with a second HD or SSD). An embarrassment of riches if there ever was one.

Bosco (Brad Hutchings)

Just checked the store. No anti-glare option on the Retina Display. All the pictures I’ve seen of it show strong reflections of windows in the building. I think this means it will play well with the shiny things crowd, while Pro users are gonna have to avoid it until Apple peels back the glass.

webjprgm

Just checked the store. No anti-glare option on the Retina Display. All the pictures I?ve seen of it show strong reflections of windows in the building. I think this means it will play well with the shiny things crowd, while Pro users are gonna have to avoid it until Apple peels back the glass.

What pictures? The marketing ones always have that shiny layer over it photoshopped in.

In the keynote Schiller said that the new display is 75% less reflective, which is why they probably don’t offer an anti-glare option since they believe that one screen will do.  I’d wait to see this in person before making any judgement calls.

BTW, did anyone notice that you can’t find a 17” MBP on the store any more? Or am I just not looking in the right place?  Fine with me, I always thought 17” was just too big, and with the retina display one can have one’s cake and eat it too with large screen real estate and smaller machine.

furbies

MagSafe 2 antitheft connectors

How’s the “AntiTheft” part work ?

Frank333

Do I go with the top end ones with the Retina display and SSD speed but that don?t have as much drive space, or do I go with the older MBP that are less expensive,

I have a MBP with the 1680 x 1050 screen and it’s pretty impressive. I can only imagine how nice the new retina displays are. I’d go for the screen. You can always back stuff up to an external drive economically now that they have USB 3.0.

VaughnSC

Any thoughts on the ‘new’ MagSafe? Seems its redesigned to be bigger (and hopefuly ‘beefier’ to withstand abuse). I did notice in some product shots that they’ve reverted to the T (straight) plug rather than the L type introduced with the Macbook Air.

Apple lists a simple $10 converter to use existing Magsafe (1) connectors, such as those provided by the monitors, so it’s not wildly different. So were left wondering about the reasoning/justification.

webjprgm

Bosco (Brad Hutchings) said:

Just checked the store. No anti-glare option on the Retina Display. All the pictures I?ve seen of it show strong reflections of windows in the building. I think this means it will play well with the shiny things crowd, while Pro users are gonna have to avoid it until Apple peels back the glass.

What pictures? The marketing ones always have that shiny layer over it photoshopped in.

In the keynote Schiller said that the new display is 75% less reflective, which is why they probably don?t offer an anti-glare option since they believe that one screen will do.? I?d wait to see this in person before making any judgement calls.

Just got to compare retina MacBookPro to non-retina to check the reflectiveness.  I put the screen on full brightness, checked a white background and a black background with the machines in the same location (so room lighting would be the same).  On the retina screen I couldn’t see my reflection against white bg, on non-retina I barely could.  On retina against black bg I could see myself, but on non-retina against black bg I could see myself much better.

So, the screen is still glossy, but it’s better.

(And no, I’m not one of the lucky guys who owns one. These were not my machines, I just got to look at them for a bit.)

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