Apple Reveals Its First MacBook Pro with Retina Display

Apple Radically Improves MacBook Pro with New 2880*1800 Display, Thin Design, New Processors

by Anton Shilov
06/11/2012 | 10:03 PM

Apple on Monday unveiled an all new 15" MacBook Pro featuring a stunning Retina display, solid-state storage and quad-core Intel Core i7 "Ivy Bridge" processors in a radically thin and light design. Pricing of the new Apple MacBook Pro will be higher than on the previous-generation models due to costly screen and other components.


“The MacBook Pro with Retina display pushes the limits of performance and portability like no other notebook. 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,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s chief executive officer.

The new MacBook Pro Retina display with 2880*1800 resolution is the world’s highest resolution notebook display with over 5 million pixels, 3 million more than on a full-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 sharper. The Retina display uses IPS technology for a 178°wide viewing angle, and has 75% less reflection and 29% higher contrast than the previous generation.

The MacBook Pro 15" with Retina display features the latest Intel Core i7 quad-core processors up to 2.7GHz with Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.7GHz, Nvidia GeForce GT 650M discrete graphics with 1GB of GDDR5 memory, up to 16GB of DDR3L 1600MHz memory 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 1000 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, Bluetooth 4.0 and a thinner MagSafe 2 power port.

The new MacBook Pro 15" Retina utilizes a precision engineered aluminum unibody design, which allows to make the notebook just 1.8cm (0.71") thick and weighing only 2 kilograms (4.46 pounds). Unfortunately, the new MacBook Pro 15" lacks optical disc drive, which may be important for a lot of professional users.

The MacBook Pro 15" with Retina display is available through the Apple Online Store, Apple’s retail stores and authorized resellers. The MacBook Pro 15" is available with a 2.3GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 processor with Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.3GHz, 8GB of memory and 256GB of flash storage starting at $2199; and with a 2.6 GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 processor with Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.6GHz, 8GB of memory and 512GB of flash storage starting at $2799 . Configure-to-order options include faster quad-core processors up to 2.7GHz, up to 16GB of memory and flash storage up to 768GB.

The MacBook Pro 15" ships with OS X Lion operating system. Starting today, customers who purchase a Mac are eligible for a free copy of OS X Mountain Lion when it becomes available.