Apple announces next-generation MacBook Pro

Written by JC Pulido III. Posted in News, Notebooks

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Published on June 12, 2012 with No Comments

 

When we posted that the leak that the new 13″ MacBook Pro was just a speed boost, and that the rumored redesign was false. Well, we were right…and wrong.

While the 13″ and 15″ MacBook Pros did have a speed boost and they retain the same MacBook Pro design, there is another 15″ MacBook Pro to speak off. And it would seem that all the rumors about it such as the MacBook Air-inspired design and the Retina Display are true.

Let’s start with the design. The New MacBook Pro is thinner than the old…current…lower-end model at just a mere .71 inches. It also weighs in at just 4.46 pounds.

 

Continuing with the the MacBook Air design, this MacBook Pro doesn’t use magnetic hard drives. You get at least a 256GB SSD which can be upgraded to 768GB. Apple also gives you the option of having Intel’s latest quad-core Ivy Bridge Core i7 processor running at 2.7GHz and can ramp up to 3.7GHz with Turbo Boost. It also comes with 8GB RAM as standard which can be upgraded to 16GB. To complement the CPU, this MacBook Pro uses Nvidia’s latest GeForce GT 650M GPU which it needs to drive the high-density Retina Display.

The 15.4″ Retina display has a resolution of 2880×1800 which gives 220 pixels per inch. You can watch Full HD 1080p movies with room to spare. This is perfect for video editors on the go or photographers that need the display size to edit their photos.

As for connections, you get Magsafe 2, two Thunderbolt ports, two USB 3.0 ports, HDMI, headphone jack, and a SDXC slot. To keep this new MacBook Pro thin, another rumor was confirmed, as the optical drive has been removed. Wireless connectivity includes WiFi-N and Bluetooth 4.0.

 

Apple is promising up to 7 hours of battery life with its built-in 95WHr lithium-ploymer battery.

The new 15″ MacBook Pro is now available in the US starting at $2,199 (PhP94,400) with the Intel 2.3GHz Core i7 quad-core processor and 256GB SSD and at $2,799 (PhP120,100) with the Intel 2.6GHz quad-core Core i7 and 512GB SSD.