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Apple Announces New MBA and Retina Display MacBook Pro

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Apple's Phil Schiller took to the stage during today's keynote to unveil new MacBook Airs and MacBook Pros.

Apple usually releases a new iPhone at its World Wide Developer Conference. However, the company threw developers for a loop last year when it decided to hold off until September for the launch of the new iPhone and this year the company was expected to do the same. Instead, rumors pointed to new MacBooks at WWDC and it turns out the rumors were correct.

Apple today announced new MacBook Airs as well as new MacBook Pros. Let's start with the Airs first, shall we? The new versions of Apple's ultra portable will come in 11- and 13-inch variants. Apple is adding Intel's Ivy Bridge processors, as expected, Intel HD Graphics 4000, up to 8GB 1600MHz of RAM, up to 512GB of flash storage, as well as support for USB 3.0, and a FaceTime HD camera at 720p. Prices for the 13-inch start at $1199, while the 11-inch starts at $999. Sadly, there's no Retina Display for the MacBook Air. Still, it's probably a good thing -- it's unlikely the base prices would be so low ($100 less than before) if these new machines were packing such monstrous displays.

Apple also updated the 15-inch MacBook Pro, making the laptop thinner and lighter than before. The MBP now weighs in at 4.46 pounds and measures just 0.71 inches, which is almost as thin as the MacBook Air. The biggest change to the MacBook Pro is the addition of the Retina Display. That's right, Apple is bringing the Retina Display, previously only found in the iPad and iPhone, to its line of Pro notebooks.

 

Apple is calling it the world's highest resolution notebook display with over 5 million pixels and a 220ppi. The Retina display uses IPS technology for a 178-degree wide viewing angle, and has 75 percent less reflection and 29 percent higher contrast than the previous generation. Display aside, Apple is also adding Intel's latest Ivy Bridge CPUs (up to 2.7GHz with Turbo Boost bringing things up to 3.7GHz), Nvidia GeForce GT 650 discrete graphics, up to 16GB of 1600MHz RAM, and up to 768GB of flash storage. For connectivity you've got 2x Thunderbolt, 2x USB 3.0, and a new HDMI port. The MacBook Pro is also getting the same FaceTime HD camera as the MacBook Air.

The 15-inch MacBook Pro is available with a 2.3 GHz quad-core Intel Core i7, 8GB of memory and 256GB of flash storage starting at $2,199. Upping that to a 2.6 GHz quad-core Intel Core i7, 8GB of RAM and 512GB of flash storage will push the price to $2,799.

The new MacBook Airs and MacBook Pros are available today from Apple.com.

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    hackholm , June 11, 2012 7:11 PM
    Only Apple could get away with defining "retina" as .326ppi and then release a .220ppi display and call it "retina".

    Of course they get away with it because no real journalism exists anymore.
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    amk-aka-Phantom , June 11, 2012 7:13 PM
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    Apple is calling it the world's highest resolution notebook display with over 5 million pixels and a 220ppi. The Retina display uses IPS technology for a 178-degree wide viewing angle, and has 75 percent less reflection and 29 percent higher contrast than the previous generation.


    Blah blah BLAH! Resolution?
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    greenrider02 , June 11, 2012 7:19 PM
    Instead of telling us how many pixels it has and its ppi, why don't they just tell us the resolution? Or is it just a juvenile marketing ploy? Yeah, I think that's it.
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  • 26 Hide
    hackholm , June 11, 2012 7:11 PM
    Only Apple could get away with defining "retina" as .326ppi and then release a .220ppi display and call it "retina".

    Of course they get away with it because no real journalism exists anymore.
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    amk-aka-Phantom , June 11, 2012 7:13 PM
    Quote:
    Apple is calling it the world's highest resolution notebook display with over 5 million pixels and a 220ppi. The Retina display uses IPS technology for a 178-degree wide viewing angle, and has 75 percent less reflection and 29 percent higher contrast than the previous generation.


    Blah blah BLAH! Resolution?
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    molo9000 , June 11, 2012 7:14 PM
    hackholmOnly Apple could get away with defining "retina" as .326ppi and then release a .220ppi display and call it "retina".Of course they get away with it because no real journalism exists anymore.


    It's just a silly marketing term for a display with shitloads of pixels. Get over it.
    2880x1800 is pretty awesome.
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    greenrider02 , June 11, 2012 7:19 PM
    Instead of telling us how many pixels it has and its ppi, why don't they just tell us the resolution? Or is it just a juvenile marketing ploy? Yeah, I think that's it.
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    chicofehr , June 11, 2012 7:20 PM
    Wow, I can't believe that most monitors are stuck in the stone age at 1080P and this small screen has higher reselution then the 30 inchers. I might have to buy a mac pro just for the resulution alone out of protest to the pc makers who can't put decent reselutuon screens in their laptops. Of course ill overwrite the crap os with windows 7 :p 
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    killerclick , June 11, 2012 7:21 PM
    Macbook Air on Apple.com says it's 1440 x 900 ( http://www.apple.com/macbookair/specs.html )
    It's probably not updated yet. I'm not going to buy a computer that I can't fix myself, but now display manufacturers are going to start pushing beyond 1080p so that's a good side effect.

    Edit: oh, it's Macbook Pro, not Air.
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    hackholm , June 11, 2012 7:22 PM
    Quote:
    It's just a silly marketing term for a display with shitloads of pixels. Get over it.
    2880x1800 is pretty awesome.


    You do know where they got the term "retina" from right? Your eyes have these things called retinas, look it up. Apple's claim with the iPhone 4 intro was that at .326ppi the human retina was no longer able to perceive and pixels at a distance of 12 inches.

    By their own definition this is not a retina display as the human retina can clearly distinguish individual pixels 12 inches from your eyes with a ppi of .220.

    And yes, 2880x1800 resolution is pretty fracking amazing.
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    hackholm , June 11, 2012 7:24 PM
    Quote:
    Macbook Air on Apple.com says it's 1440 x 900 ( http://www.apple.com/macbookair/specs.html )
    It's probably not updated yet. I'm not going to buy a computer that I can't fix myself, but now display manufacturers are going to start pushing beyond 1080p so that's a good side effect.


    Those specs are up to date. Only the Pros got the new high res display with 2880x1800. The Airs are still 1440x900.
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    Au_equus , June 11, 2012 7:27 PM
    +1, the term 'retina display' is in regards to the observed clarity or relative pixel density rather than the actual ppi. Anger at apple should be redirected to other display manufacturers for not pushing the envelope.
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    halcyon , June 11, 2012 7:30 PM
    molo9000It's just a silly marketing term for a display with shitloads of pixels. Get over it.2880x1800 is pretty awesome.

    Why yes...yes it is.
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    Anonymous , June 11, 2012 7:32 PM
    I've never wanted a MBP but this feature set, "retina", 4 core, the inclusion of USB 3 with the Tbolt, and cuda is impressing me. I use adobe products for video and photo. I feel like this would be amazing on the road. The fact that Nvidia is in bed with Mac is noteworthy. Too bad its not OLED! No doubt apple will bleed mac-heads next year for that upgrade.
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    memadmax , June 11, 2012 7:34 PM
    All that pretty screen space and nothing to use it with...

    Oh, except for Mac Boot Camp with windows 7 =O
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    bmyton , June 11, 2012 7:38 PM
    I'm sure games will be awesome while that GT 650M tries to drive all 2880x1800 pixels...

    The GT 650 M has very similar stats to the Desktop GT 640 - and we all know how well that card does at gaming at 1920x1080

    I know that gaming is not the target market for the MacBook Pro, but honestly a $2200 piece of hardware should damn well be able to get 40fps in Battlefield 3...
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    warezme , June 11, 2012 7:40 PM
    the 650m Nvidia is lame, a 670m would have been decent but only a 680m will be able to push all those pixels at native res. which we all know Apple will NEVER put in a Pro.
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    bmyton , June 11, 2012 7:44 PM
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    By their own definition this is not a retina display as the human retina can clearly distinguish individual pixels 12 inches from your eyes with a ppi of .220.


    Who holds their laptop 12" from their face?

    At a more normal 24" from your face the 220ppi is well above the ~163 mark set by Apple's "Retina" standard.


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    halcyon , June 11, 2012 7:46 PM
    bmytonI'm sure games will be awesome while that GT 650M tries to drive all 2880x1800 pixels...The GT 650 M has very similar stats to the Desktop GT 640 - and we all know how well that card does at gaming at 1920x1080I know that gaming is not the target market for the MacBook Pro, but honestly a $2200 piece of hardware should damn well be able to get 40fps in Battlefield 3...

    2880x1800 is pretty insane. ...but folks that want to play bf3 will not be interested in this apple gear anyways. I'd love to have one, though...but when I finished configuring it it would cost $4,177 and that's just too much to pay for a laptop. Way too much for me...unfortunately.
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    Anonymous , June 11, 2012 7:47 PM
    2 things I really like about it:
    1) the awesome resolution
    2) thinner

    3 things that are retarded:
    1) no optical drive in the MbP
    2) no ethernet in a MbP
    3) glossy screen

    this is supposed to be a workstation. where the **** is the connectivity?
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    seels , June 11, 2012 8:12 PM
    Ugh! I'm SO excited. Going to pick up one for each of my kids, my wife, and I. Finally, I can experience the same display on my iPad's and iPhone's on a beautiful, magical MacBook Pro! I love you Apple!!!
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    amk-aka-Phantom , June 11, 2012 8:18 PM
    hackholmThose specs are up to date. Only the Pros got the new high res display with 2880x1800. The Airs are still 1440x900.


    As much as I dislike Apple, I approve of 1440x900 in Airs instead of shitty 1366x768 every other manufacturer stuffs in pretty much every laptop up to 15''.

    2880x1800 IS awesome, but I'm afraid that puny GT650 will choke on it :D 

    mindtool3 things that are retarded: 1) no optical drive in the MbP 2) no ethernet in a MbP 3) glossy screen this is supposed to be a workstation. where the **** is the connectivity?


    MBPs are not workstations, they're overpriced Facebook machines for US hipsters. If they will ever get to a place that doesn't have Wi-Fi OR need a seriously stable connection (I find Wi-Fi too unreliable for remote administration, for example), which is doubtful, they will buy an overpriced Apple USB-to-Ethernet adapter for $30.
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    xympa , June 11, 2012 8:30 PM
    mindtool2 things I really like about it:1) the awesome resolution2) thinner3 things that are retarded:1) no optical drive in the MbP2) no ethernet in a MbP3) glossy screenthis is supposed to be a workstation. where the **** is the connectivity?


    It has no Ethernet??? Well, there goes a potential buyer.
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