Apple announces new Macs at WWDC 2012, Retina MacBook Pro included

 

Posted by: Brett

Apple Announced updates to the MacBook Air and the MacBook Pro at WWDC 2012 on Monday. The updates includes the new Mountain Lion operating system, processor upgrades, and more.

First the MacBook Air. The Air now has the latest 3rd generation core processor also known as the Ivy Bridge processor which can run up to to 2 GHz with the dual-core Intel i7 and with Turbo Boost, you can get up to 3.2 GHz. It can also have up to 60% better graphics performance. If you want, you can add up to 512GB of flash storage. The Air now supports USB 3.0 and the FaceTime camera shoots 720p HD quality video. The 11 inch Air has 64GB of storage and will run you $999 and the 13 inch model has twice the storage and a dual core 1.8 GHz i5 (compared to the 11 inch, 1.7 GHz) and will run for $1099. Both started shipping Monday.

Next is the MacBook Pro. The Pro also has the latest 3rd generation processor known as the Ivy Bridge processor, but you can get up to 2.7 GHz with the quad-core i7, and with Turbo Boot, you can get up to 3.7 GHz. As with the Air you get faster memory as well as 60% better integrated graphics performance. The 15 inch MacBook Pro has a new NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M graphics which has the new Kepler architecture and 1GB of video memory. It is up to 60% faster than the previous discrete graphics. The 13 inch MacBook Pro can have either an Intel i5 or Intel i7 up to 2.9 GHz while the 15 inch has a quad-core Intel i7 with speeds up to 2.6 GHz. The 13 inch will run you $1199 and the 15 inch will cost $1499. Both started shipping Monday as well.

Apple also announced a next generation MacBook Pro which features an amazing 15.4 inch Retina Display with a resolution of 2880 by 1800, which is around 5.148 million pixels and a pixel density of 220 pixels per inch. It is thinner than the current generation Pro at just 0.71 inches thin. The entire OS that the retina MacBook Pro runs is updated to take advantage of the retina display. Apple has even updated it’s professional applications such as Final Cut and Aperture with retina graphics. It also has Thunderbolt ports, a MagSafe 2 port as well as HDMI and USB 3. The processor is a 2.3 GHz quad-core i7 processor with the same discrete graphics as the 15 inch Pro, as well as 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage. It will cost $2199 and started shipping this Monday.

All of the new MacBooks Apple announced today will ship with Mac OS X Lion but if you purchase a newly announced Macbook beginning this last Monday (June 11th), Apple will offer you a free upgrade to Mountain Lion upon its release in July.

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