MacBook Pro Redesign: Apple Announces MacBook Pro With Retina Display, Ivy Bridge i7, NVIDIA Graphics

Minutes ago at WWDC, Apple revealed a completely redesigned MacBook Pro. The device’s chassis contains very few ports. It’s very thin, about as thin as a MacBook Air, and weighs under 4.5 lbs. The MacBook Pro looks almost iPad-inspired. And just like the new iPad, Apple’s new MacBook Pro features a Retina display.

Photos from The Verge'

The 15″ Macbook Pro boasts a display resolution of 2880×1800, double the horizontal and vertical resolution of the previous MacBook Pro. The pixel density isn’t as high as the iPhone 4S or the current iPad, at 220 ppi, but it is the highest-resolution display that I’ve heard of on a notebook computer.

Apple claims that a pixel density of 220 pixels per inch on a laptop computer makes the individual pixels sharper than the human eye can resolve. I’m not so sure about that, but I have good eyes and lean way too far into my laptops.

Of course, something has to be powering this monstrous display. Apple’s next generation MacBook Pro will be using nVidia’s GeForce GT 650M chipset, which looks to be a powerful, if midrange GPU. The GPU will be paired with a quad-core Intel i7 processor running at 2.7GHz, and can Turbo Boost to a facemelting 3.7GHz. The new MacBook Pro will support up to 16GB of RAM clocked at 1600MHz. As for the harddrive, Apple seems to be going with flash memory: a SSD sized up to a respectable 768GB.

As for the battery life on this beast? Apple’s promising “up to 7 hours,” of use, 30 days of standby time.

The entry level MacBook Pro with Retina display will feature a 2.3GHz quad-core i7 processor, 8GB of ram, and a 256GB solid state hard drive for $2199. Other features include a backlit keyboard, bluetooth 4.0, and two thunderbolt ports.

On top of everything else, the new MacBook Pro will apparently be highly recyclable; With mercury free glass, and no BFR, PVC, or arsenic.

Apple seems to have announced the perfect MacBook. Thinner, more powerful, higher resolution, and practically safe enough to eat. If this hadn’t been an official announcement, I wouldn’t believe it myself (and I didn’t). When it comes time to upgrade your computer, will you be getting the newly redesigned MacBook Pro? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

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  • Mandela BoyGenius Marshall

    Sorry to say but call me old fashion but, i need my optical drive and laptops are meant to be portable, so i dont want to have to buy additional hardware” external optical drive” to have the full use of a notebook..

  • Michael Schnier

    I’ve used my computer’s optical drive maybe… once this year? The only justification I have for it anymore is to upload CDs to iTunes, and I find it’s generally cheaper to buy them digitally. I don’t think this would be a hurdle for me.

  • Velo Kun

    Nice hardware specs, especially for a small laptop like that. However i am no fan of Mac, nor of Mac OS.

  • Marvin Solano

    So is that an IVY Processor on the MacBook Pro with Retina display? If so, why does the Apple site say 32-nanometer processor?

  • MR

    I am sure…this is the best macbook ever!