Taking a slight break from software – (before we get into today’s announcements surrounding OS X Mountain Lion) – another major announcement seen during Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference today was that of an entirely new, “top-of-the-line” MacBook Pro.
Featuring a 2.6GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 processor, with a Turbo Boost of up to 3.6GHz, Apple’s “Next-Generation MacBook Pro” also features Nvidia’s GeForce GT 650M graphics chip, 8GB DDR3L SDRAM, and a colossal 512GB of internal flash storage.
The portable’s main selling point, though, is its 15.4-inch “Retina” display, which arrives at a resolution of 2880 x 1800.
A Retina display with 5.1 million pixels. An all-flash architecture. Quad-core Intel Core i7 processors. [...] It’s not just the most advanced notebook we’ve ever made, it’s the most advanced Mac we’ve ever made.
Apple’s new MacBook comes in two 15-inch flavors. The first carries a 2.3GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 processor (Turbo Boost up to 3.3GHz) with 6MB shared L3 cache, and sells for $2199.
The second features a 2.6GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 processor (Turbo Boost up to 3.6GHz) with 6MB shared L3 cache.
This model is configurable to 2.7GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 (Turbo Boost up to 3.7GHz) and sells for $2799. Both models are available, today.
From their brief hands-on:
It’s 0.71-inches thick, or roughly 25 percent thinner than the current generation Pros (which, by the way, live on — except for the 17-incher). That’s just .03-inches thicker than the 13-inch MacBook Air, but it feels like quite a bit more. Where the Air is tapered, this has a constant thickness throughout. So, again, it doesn’t feel like an Air, but it’s a big improvement over the Pro.
On the right side you have an SD card reader, full-size HDMI port and the first USB 3.0 port. (Which, by the way, is not blue — Apple just made all the ports 3.0 and they’re all naturally white.) On the other side is the other USB 3.0 port along with dual Thunderbolt ports, a headphone jack and the new MagSafe 2 connector.
/ Image Credit: The Verge