WWDC 2012: Apple updates MacBooks, introduces MacBook Pro Retina Display

Published Date
12 - Jun - 2012
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12 - Jun - 2012
 
WWDC 2012: Apple updates MacBooks, introduces MacBook Pro Retina...

Yesterday at Apple’s WWDC, Tim Cook announced the annual refresh to the MacBook ProWhere to buy 169900 and the MacBook Air with the latest generation hardware. But that’s not all. Apple also introduced a slimmer 15-inch MacBook Pro with a Retina Display and no optical drive.

With the annual update, all the devices now have Intel’s latest Ivy Bridge Core-i5 and Core-i7 processors. The 13-inch MacBook Air now supports a resolution of 1400x900 pixels, which was earlier only found on the 15-inch MacBook Pro. The look and dimensions of the Air remains the same. What has changed is the power under the hood.

Speaking of the 15-inch devices, they too have been upgraded with the latest processors. The refreshed 15-inch MacBook ProWhere to buy 169900 sports 8GB RAM straight out of the box.

After what feels like a lifetime of waiting, all the updated devices also support USB 3.0 straight out of the box. Apple has updated the camera on the devices to support 720p HD Facetime.

But the device that really steals the cake is the new 15-inch MacBook ProWhere to buy 169900 that supports a Retina Display. The 15.4-inch device has a resolution of 2880x1800 i.e. 5.1 million pixels i.e. 220ppi. Unlike its counterparts, the Retina Display MacBook Pro supports flash storage instead of the traditional HDD, gets rid of the optical drive and has a slimmer form factor.

MacBook ProWhere to buy 169900 Retina Display


One of the best features of the Retina Display MacBook Pro is that it has HDMI out. You no longer need a proprietary adaptor from apple. This is a feature we wish Apple had integrated into all the MacBook Pro laptops.

For the Retina Display, Apple has updated the OS to support the resolution. Some apps such as iPhoto, Mail, FCP and Aperture have been updated to support the display.

Currently, all the launched devices run on Max OS X Lion but will receive a free update to Mountain Lion when the OS launches next month for $20.

Here is a quick look at the pricing and specifications of the devices.

ParticularsMacBook ProMacBook Pro With Retina Display
Screen Size13.3-inch13.3-inch15.4-inch15.4-inch15.4-inch
Screen Resolution1280x8001280x8001440x9001440x9002880x1800
Storage500GB 5400-rpm hard drive750GB 5400-rpm hard drive500GB 5400-rpm hard drive750GB 5400-rpm hard drive256GB Flash512MB Flash
Processor2.5GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 processor (Turbo Boost up to 3.1GHz) with 3MB L3 cache2.9GHz dual-core Intel Core i7 processor (Turbo Boost up to 3.6GHz) with 4MB L3 cache2.3GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 processor (Turbo Boost up to 3.3GHz) with 6MB L3 cache2.6GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 processor (Turbo Boost up to 3.6GHz) with 6MB L3 cache2.3GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 processor (Turbo Boost up to 3.3GHz) with 6MB shared L3 cache2.6GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 processor (Turbo Boost up to 3.6GHz) with 6MB shared L3 cache
RAM4GB of 1600MHz DDR3 8GB of 1600MHz DDR3 4GB of 1600MHz DDR3 8GB of 1600MHz DDR3 8GB of 1600MHz DDR3L onboard memory
DimensionsHeight: 0.95 inch (2.41 cm)
Width: 12.78 inches (32.5 cm)
Depth: 8.94 inches (22.7 cm)
Height: 0.95 inch (2.41 cm)
Width: 14.35 inches (36.4 cm)
Depth: 9.82 inches (24.9 cm)
Height: 0.71 inch (1.8 cm)
Width: 14.13 inches (35.89 cm)
Depth: 9.73 inches (24.71 cm)
Weight2.06kgs2.56kgs2.02kgs
GraphicsIntel HD Graphics 4000
Graphics  NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M with 512MB of GDDR5 memoryNVIDIA GeForce GT 650M with 1GB of GDDR5 memoryNVIDIA GeForce GT 650M with 1GB of GDDR5 memory
PortsMagSafe power port
Gigabit Ethernet port
FireWire 800 port
Two USB 3 ports
Thunderbolt port
Audio line in/out
SDXC card slot
Kensington lock slot
MagSafe power port
Gigabit Ethernet port
FireWire 800 port
Two USB 3 ports
Thunderbolt port
Audio line in
Audio line out
SDXC card slot
Kensington lock slot
MagSafe 2 power port
Two Thunderbolt ports
Two USB 3 ports
HDMI port
Headphone port
SDXC card slot
Camera720p FaceTime HD camera
PriceRs. 81,900Rs. 99,000Rs. 1,22,900Rs. 152,900Rs. 1,52,900Rs. 1,92,900

 

ParticularsMacBook Air
Screen Size11.6-inch11.6-inch13.3-inch13.3-inch
Screen Resolution1366x7681366x7681400x9001400x900
Storage64GB Flash128GB Flash128GB Flash256GB Flash
Processor1.7GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 (Turbo Boost up to 2.6GHz) with 3MB shared L3 cache1.8GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 (Turbo Boost up to 2.8GHz) with 3MB shared L3 cache
RAM4GB of 1600MHz DDR3 upgradable to 8GB
DimensionsHeight: 0.11-0.68 inch (0.3-1.7 cm)
Width: 11.8 inches (30 cm)
Depth: 7.56 inches (19.2 cm)
Height: 0.11-0.68 inch (0.3-1.7 cm)
Width: 12.8 inches (32.5 cm)
Depth: 8.94 inches (22.7 cm)
Weight1.08kgs1.35kgs
GraphicsIntel HD Graphics 4000
PortsTwo USB 3 ports
Thunderbolt port
MagSafe 2 power port
Two USB 3 ports
Thunderbolt port
MagSafe 2 power port
SD card slot
Camera720p FaceTime HD camera
PriceRs. 67,900Rs. 74,900Rs. 81,900Rs. 99,900
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