|Introducing MacBook Pro with Retina Display|
Tuesday, 12 June 2012 10:15
Apple kicked off its annual Worldwide Developer’s Conference (WWDC) in San Francisco yesterday by unveiling what is being touted as the world’s highest resolution notebook display ever.
It is not often that a laptop monitor manages to steal the show, but this display is bound to become the Apple of the beholder’s eye. The stunning screen, sported by the newly unveiled, 15-inch MacBook Pro, is called a Retina display. It packs over 5 million pixels – 3 million more than an HD television – crammed in at 220 pixels-per-inch. According to the company, the Retina display’s pixel density is so high; the human eye cannot distinguish individual pixels from a normal viewing distance. The result is text and graphics that look incredibly sharp.
The Retina display uses IPS (In-Plane Switching) technology – the same as used on the iPad and traditionally used to fix poor viewing angles and colour problems in LCDs during the late 90’s – for a 178-degree wide viewing angle. This new display is said to have 75% less reflection and 29% higher contrast than the previous generation.
Apart from the eye-popping Retina display, the new 15-inch MacBook Pro is the lightest MacBook Pro ever and nearly as thin as a MacBook Air. It is also blazingly fast, featuring the latest Intel Core i7 quad-core processors up to 2.7 GHz, with Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.7 GHz; NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M discrete graphics, up to 16GB of faster 1600 MHz RAM, and offering flash storage up to 768 GB.
Since flash storage is up to four times faster than traditional notebook hard drives, it will allow users to play four simultaneous streams of uncompressed 1080p HD video from internal storage. The flash storage technology also allows for instant-on responsiveness and extends the battery to 30 days of standby time. Otherwise the MacBook Pro’s battery will allow users to enjoy up to 7 hours of wireless productivity.
Lest the Retina display is not enough for users, two Thunderbolt and two USB 3.0 ports allow Pro users to connect the device to multiple displays or other high performance devices. An HDMI port also offers quick connectivity to HDTV.
Other MacBook Pro features include a FaceTime HD camera, a glass Multi-Touch trackpad, full-size backlit keyboard, dual microphones and enhanced speakers.
The updated 13-inch and 15-inch MacBook Pro features the latest Intel Core i5 or Core i7 dual-core processors up to 2.9 GHz with Turbo Boost speeds of up to 3.6 GHz.
Apple also updated its 11-inch and 13-inch MacBook Airs, featuring the latest Core i5 and Core i7 dual-core processors, perfect for perusing the web, making movies and managing photos. It also boasts a new integrated Intel HD Graphics 4000 which is up to 60% faster with enough power for games and videos. The Air also features flash storages up to four times faster than traditional hard drives. It contains 4 GB of faster memory (configurable up to 8 GB), allowing users to easily run memory-intensive apps. The MacBook Air also sports a new FaceTime HD (720p) camera.
In the US, the 13-inch MacBook Pro will start at $1 199; the 15-inch MacBook Pro will start at $1 799; the 11-inch MacBook Air will start at $999 and the 13-inch will start at $1 199.
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