Apple Introduces Next Generation MacBook Pro 18 Jun 12

True to form, Apple has one-upped itself again with Monday’s unveiling of the newest generation of MacBook Pro. Of course, the new laptop comes loaded with features, but the one all Mac fans have been waiting for is the addition of Retina Display.

For those not in the know, Retina Display is Apple’s own term to describe the super-high resolution and pixel density that provides the stellar images found on some of its devices, such as the iPhone, iPad, and now the MacBook Pro.

However, with 2880×1800 resolution, the 15.4-inch MacBook Pro screen is expected to provide a better display than even the newest iPad, which has a 2048×1536 resolution. So, even if you put your face smack against the screen, you shouldn’t be able to detect a single pixel. In addition to topping its own devices, Apple has also trumped the competition by making the new MacBook Pro the world’s highest resolution laptop. Not to mention, the screen is touted as having deeper blacks, better viewing angles, and less glare.

What Else Does it Have?

Size

Besides the Retina Display, there are several other notable changes in the next generation MacBook Pro. Perhaps the most significant are the lack of hard drive and DVD drive whose absence makes it possible for the laptop to be lighter (4.5 pounds) and thinner (.71 inches) than ever.

Storage and Connectivity

Like the MacBook Air, the MacBook Pro will use flash storage (up to 768 GB) instead of a typical hard drive, and although there is no optical drive, users have several other connectivity options, including 3 USB ports, two Thunderbolt ports, an HDMI port (something new for Apple laptops),a headphone jack, and a built-in SD card reader.

Users can get online via 802.11n Wi-Fi or Bluetooth 4.0; however, there’s no Ethernet port and no word of a built-in 4G connectivity.

Processor

Obviously, Apple takes to heart the saying that “beauty is what’s on the inside” as the laptop is outfitted with a quad-core i7 processor, up to 16GB or RAM, and a Nvidia Kepler GeForce GT 650M GPU. So, basically, it is really fast (for those who are non-techy).

Battery Life and Extras

The laptop is advertised as having 7 hours of battery life, and several other nifty features like a backlit keyboard, two microphones, a multitouch trackpad, and asymmetrically-placed fans for quieter operation.

As you might have guessed the new MacBook Pro is not cheap — the base model starts at $2,199. But for those who can’t live without the seemingly better- than- real- life display and top of the line components, rest assured, you won’t have to wait much longer. The laptops started shipping out Monday, and should be available in stores soon.