Apple's Next Generation MacBook Pro Has the "World's Highest-Resolution Notebook Display"

By Sam Gibbs on at

WWDC 2012 is currently underway and Apple's just busted out its new MacBook Pro, complete with incredible new Retina Displays, Intel's Ivy Bridge and your choice of traditional HDDs and SSD. Apple's managed to squeeze it down another 25 per cent in volume, meaning the 13-incher is just 1.8cm thick and 2kgs in weight.

The display is really where it's at though, with a colossal 2880 x 1800 display on the 15.4-incher. That's apparently, four times the number of pixels, 5,184,000 to be exact, which works out at 220 ppi -- not quite iPhone 4S levels.

Specs wise the internals have also gotten a bump, up to 2.7GHz quad-core Intel i7s, up to 16GB of RAM and Nvidia's new Kepler GeForce GT 650M graphics, which are 60 per cent faster than the previous generation. Like the new Ivy Bridge Air, you've got USB 3.0 ports joining Thunderbolt for some lightning quick connectivity. For the first time on a Mac you've also got HDMI out, which should please home theatre enthusiasts. The Magsafe power adapter also got slimmed down, which is bad news for anyone who was hoping to mix and match with previous machines, while you've got a 7-hour battery life and 30 days standby.

If you're absolutely loaded you'll also get the option for a SSD with a huge 768GB of storage. More? Two Thunderbolt ports, HDMI, an SD card, USB 3.0, and "MagSafe 2." This computer is essentially the pinnacle of Apple technology. Little flourishes like dual microphones and a custom-designed asymmetrical internal fan (for quiet cooling) abound. Prices kick off at the familiar £999 for the 13-inch Pro, while the 15-incher clocks in at £1,499. Both ship with OS X Lion, but you'll get a free upgrade to Mountain Lion once it hits.

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Press release below:

SAN FRANCISCO—June 11, 2012—Apple today unveiled an all new 15-inch MacBook Pro featuring a stunning Retina display, all flash storage and quad-core processors in a radically thin and light design. Measuring a mere 0.71 inches and weighing only 4.46 pounds, the completely redesigned MacBook Pro sets a new standard in performance and portability for pro users.


“The MacBook Pro with Retina display pushes the limits of performance and portability like no other notebook,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “With a gorgeous Retina display, all flash architecture and a radically thin and light design, the new MacBook Pro is the most advanced Mac we have ever built.”


The new MacBook Pro Retina display is the world’s highest resolution notebook display with over 5 million pixels, 3 million more than an HD television. At 220 pixels-per-inch, the Retina display’s pixel density is so high the human eye cannot distinguish individual pixels from a normal viewing distance, so text and graphics look incredibly sharp. 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.


Featuring a precision engineered aluminium unibody design and an all flash storage architecture, the all new MacBook Pro is the lightest MacBook Pro ever and nearly as thin as a MacBook Air. Flash storage that is up to four times faster than traditional notebook hard drives enables the all new MacBook Pro to play four simultaneous streams of uncompressed 1080p HD video from internal storage.* The flash storage architecture also delivers improved reliability, instant-on responsiveness and 30 days of standby time.


The MacBook Pro with Retina display features 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 flash storage up to 768GB. Two Thunderbolt and two USB 3.0 ports allow pro users to connect to multiple displays and high performance devices, and a new HDMI port offers quick connectivity to HDTVs.


The MacBook Pro battery delivers up to 7 hours of wireless productivity, and uses advanced chemistry and Adaptive Charging technology to provide up to 1,000 recharges.** The MacBook Pro also features a FaceTime HD camera, glass Multi-Touch trackpad, full-size backlit keyboard, dual microphones, enhanced speakers, 3-stream 802.11n Wi-Fi and a thinner MagSafe 2 power port.


OS X Lion, iPhoto, iMovie, iTunes and other Apple apps including Aperture and Final Cut Pro X have been updated to take full advantage of the new MacBook Pro with Retina display. The updated Aperture 3.3 also includes revolutionary new image adjustment features and now supports a unified photo library so photographers can move seamlessly between iPhoto and Aperture.


The all new MacBook Pro ships with OS X Lion. Starting today, customers who purchase a Mac are eligible for a free copy of OS X Mountain Lion when it becomes available. Mountain Lion introduces innovative features including the all new Messages app, Notification Center, system-wide Sharing, AirPlay Mirroring, Game Center and the enhanced security of Gatekeeper. With iCloud built into the foundation of OS X, Mountain Lion makes it easier than ever to keep your content up to date across all your devices.


Pricing & Availability

The 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display is available through the Apple Online Store (, Apple’s retail stores and Apple Authorised Resellers. The 15-inch MacBook Pro is available with a 2.3 GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 processor with Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.3 GHz, 8GB of memory and 256GB of flash storage starting at £1,799 inc VAT (£1,499.17 ex VAT); and with a 2.6 GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 processor with Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.6 GHz, 8GB of memory and 512GB of flash storage starting at £2,299 inc VAT (£1,915.83 ex VAT). Configure-to-order options include faster quad-core processors up to 2.7 GHz, up to 16GB of memory and flash storage up to 768GB.