MacBook Pro 2012 Overview: Thin, Quiet, Fast, Sharp, Light
Apple has just announced its self-proclaimed “next-generation” MacBook Pro with Retina display, says TheVerge. It’s made along the lines of the other MacBooks, but Apple definitely has an eye on the future here, as it removed the optical drive to make a laptop that’s a mere 0.71” thick.
2012 Macbook Pro specs overview
Its prime feature, though, is the stunning retina display that boasts 2,880×1,900 pixels packed into a 15.4” screen – this makes 220ppi. This new MacBook weighs just under 4.5lbs, too, making it the lightest Pro laptop ever made by Apple.
Paul Schiller has called it “the most beautiful computer we have ever made.” This beauty isn’t just skin deep, as it has a quad-core i7 processer, an Nvidia Kepler GeForce GT 650M GPU and up to 16GB of RAM. Apple is, of course, relying on Flash storage rather than a hard drive, and offers up to 768GB. The batteries are good for up to seven hours, and its ports include an SD card slot, USB 3.0, MagSafe 2, two Thunderbolt ports and an HDMI port (the first for an Apple laptop). There’s also a headphone jack and two microphones. Connectivity includes 802.11n for Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0, but Apple hasn’t said anything about in-built 4G connectivity, which is a shame. To fit in with its older stable mates, this new model has a backlit keyboard, a multitouch trackpad and it sits firmly within Apple’s “Environmental Checklist”.
For those hoping to swap over their own SSDs – they’d be better off choosing the more traditional MacBook Pros. “By not purchasing standard parts, we can create a product that’s more elegant and more efficient,” explains Apple.
Regardless of this, Apple showed off some of the innovative design and manufacturing that’s gone into this new MacBook. The keynote speech had details of some asymmetrically-placed cooling fans that promise quieter operation.
The new MacBook is shipping today, starting at $2,199 for a model with a 2.3GHz quad-core i7, 8GB of RAM, and 256GB of storage.
This new MacBook is available today, and prices start at $2,199 for a version with a 2.3GHz quad-core i7, 8GB of Ram and 256GN of flash storage.