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Apple's Redesigned MacBook Pro Quadruples Resolution and Adds USB3 and Thunderbolt, Ships Today

06.11.12 @ 2:12PM Tags : , , ,

Today Apple refreshed their current line of MacBooks across the board, and also showed off a brand-new MacBook Pro, which quadruples the resolution of their previous laptop to 2880×1800. Among other things, this allows editors to set their viewing window to a full 1080p — while maintaining a full editing interface around it. Furthermore, one of the biggest arguments against 4K cameras is the lack of high-resolution displays in the home. If no one can see higher resolution imagery because we don’t have capable displays, then what’s the point (whether our eyeballs can see the difference is another argument entirely)? The redesigned 0.71-inch thin, 4.46lb laptop sports a next-gen featureset: USB3, Thunderbolt, nVidia Kepler graphics card, up to 768GB of SSD storage, quad-core processors, a 7-hour battery, and a new lower-glare display. It starts shipping today, starting at $2199.

Apple was even showing off the new laptop hooked up to the forthcoming 2.5K Blackmagic Design camera, and is releasing updated versions of their Pro Apps to take advantage of the new display (Photoshop was also mentioned). Calling the new MacBook Pro “the best computer we’ve ever made,” the new 15.4″ laptop sits alongside the rest of a full MacBook Pro lineup that notably excludes a 17″ model — the available sizes are 11″, 13″, and 15″. So, how do they differentiate the new MacBook Pro (with the Retina Display) from the old MacBook Pro? The new one is called the MacBook Pro with Retina Display, as opposed to the plain MacBook Pro. Strange — I would imagine that the old MacBook Pros (the new version of them, that is), will eventually be replaced by Retina Display laptops as the regular MacBook (not Pro) takes over the lower-end price segment. For now, though, there are certainly a lot of options.

No word yet about a new Mac Pro… though Apple is known for saving a significant announcement for last, with Steve Jobs’ famous “One More Thing”). Nope — no new tower, though there are some new processors available. The 2.3GHz quad-core MacBook Pro with Retina Display starts at $2199 and steps up to $2799 for the 2.6GHz model; both come with 8GB of RAM standard and can be configured with 16GB.

Link: Apple – MacBook Pro

[via The Verge]

Press Release

SAN FRANCISCO—June 11, 2012—Apple® today unveiled an all new 15-inch MacBook® Pro featuring a stunning Retina™ display, all flash storage and quad-core processors in a radically thin and light design. Measuring a mere 0.71 inches and weighing only 4.46 pounds, the completely redesigned MacBook Pro sets a new standard in performance and portability for pro users.

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

The new MacBook Pro Retina display is the world’s highest resolution notebook display with over 5 million pixels, 3 million more than an 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 incredibly sharp. The Retina display uses IPS technology for a 178-degree wide viewing angle, and has 75 percent less reflection and 29 percent higher contrast than the previous generation.

Featuring a precision engineered aluminum unibody design and an all flash storage architecture, the all new MacBook Pro is the lightest MacBook Pro ever and nearly as thin as a MacBook Air®. Flash storage that is up to four times faster than traditional notebook hard drives enables the all new MacBook Pro to play four simultaneous streams of uncompressed 1080p HD video from internal storage.* The flash storage architecture also delivers improved reliability, instant-on responsiveness and 30 days of standby time.

The MacBook Pro with Retina display features the latest Intel Core i7 quad-core processors up to 2.7 GHz with Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.7 GHz, NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M discrete graphics, up to 16GB of faster 1600 MHz RAM 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 1,000 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 and a thinner MagSafe® 2 power port.

OS X® Lion, iPhoto®, iMovie®, iTunes® and other Apple apps including Aperture® and Final Cut Pro® X have been updated to take full advantage of the new MacBook Pro with Retina display. The updated Aperture 3.3 also includes revolutionary new image adjustment features and now supports a unified photo library so photographers can move seamlessly between iPhoto and Aperture.

The all new MacBook Pro ships with OS X Lion. Starting today, customers who purchase a Mac are eligible for a free copy of OS X Mountain Lion when it becomes available. Mountain Lion introduces innovative features including the all new Messages app, Notification Center, system-wide Sharing, AirPlay® Mirroring, Game Center and the enhanced security of Gatekeeper. With iCloud® built into the foundation of OS X, Mountain Lion makes it easier than ever to keep your content up to date across all your devices.

Pricing & Availability
The 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display is available through the Apple Online Store (, Apple’s retail stores and Apple Authorized Resellers. The 15-inch MacBook Pro is available with a 2.3 GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 processor with Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.3 GHz, 8GB of memory and 256GB of flash storage starting at $2,199 (US); and with a 2.6 GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 processor with Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.6 GHz, 8GB of memory and 512GB of flash storage starting at $2,799 (US). Configure-to-order options include faster quad-core processors up to 2.7 GHz, up to 16GB of memory and flash storage up to 768GB.

Additional technical specifications, configure-to-order options and accessories are available online at


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  • Josh Waldroup on 06.11.12 @ 2:25PM

    Forget Ultrabooks, Apple just created the Uberbook.

  • Me likey.

  • Yeah this looks awesome. Koo, I hope you are right about the Mac Pro being “One More Thing.”
    Even though AMD has been doing well I like how they switched back to Nvidia graphics. Will Retna slow down the graphics card or computer in general?

  • So what’s the over/under on this MBP actually being able to handle raw from a BMC Cinema Camera? I’ve heard the update Resolve might be slightly less demanding hardware wise, but I’m guessing everyone still recommends a tower for that…

  • Alexandre LEPRETRE on 06.11.12 @ 2:55PM

    Put a so high resolution on a so small screen is simply stupid !
    A 17″ screen was the minimum for such a resolution, Apple missed the point one more time…
    It’s a shame because the other components are good.
    My Alienware M18x still beat it fair and square (18′ screen, dual nvidia SLI, dual HDD, etc…)

    • Your alienware also causes scoliosis of the spine when you have to carry it anywhere, which I guess provides more business for the medical community and stimulates jobs in that sector……

      • john jeffreys on 06.12.12 @ 1:29AM

        I dont think this alienware guy even leaves his mom’s basement, so he wouldn’t know or appreciate a computer thats portable

        • Alexandre LEPRETRE on 06.12.12 @ 2:53AM

          OK guys, I had fun reading you ;-)
          I am aware that my laptop is a heavy “desktop replacement”, but it is the most powerful laptop in the world. Period.
          And I am using it everyday, as my main computer, everywhere I go for shooting sessions. It’s simply in the trunk, with all the other accessories needed on a fim, along with lighting stuff and dollies.
          I can load my raw shots and start editing and color grading directly on location, with 730 Cuda cores and 8 i7 cores on a giant screen. That means a lot of comfort in editing with CS6 or After Effects, and a 180° viewing angle on a big screen to show the immediate result to the team…
          And it’s now close to realtime MoCap CG rendering with the CryEngine for Cinema technology (, wich will probably never be available on Macs.
          So my Alienware is the transportable powerhorse, and when I need mobility I use 2 HPTouchsmart Win7x64 Tablet PCs connected in USB with my Canon cameras (remotely controlled via EOS Utility). These babies still embark a core i5, ATI cards and a 12″ monitor in 720P wich makes them very comfortable for follow focus.
          So @John Jeffreys, i’m almost 40, married with childs, I have no basement and many professionnals in the graphic industry don’t work on Macs, for many reasons (price, raw power, freedom of choice and open architecture, software liberty, etc…). Don’t judge too soon guys ;-)

          • Whatever makes you feel special.

            Some middle-age men buy Corvettes. You chose to buy an 12 pound laptop that was designed for 15 year old L33T! gamers. To each his own.

        • Wow, your maturity is staggering. Is that how you talk to people in real life?

    • In what universe is a 12 lb, 18″ LCD computer considered a laptop?

      Now there’s a laugh!

    • This Alienware guy gave you Apple fanboys a smackdown. He dropped legit specs on you, and all you guys came back with was some limp dick insults. Haha.

  • I’m bummed the high performance graphic card is ATI so that means no open GPU acceleration in cs6, unless adobe added support for that specific card?

  • But no iMac or MacPro tower announcement? So many of the rumor sites were predicting upgrades of those lines.

  • Anthony Marino on 06.11.12 @ 3:32PM

    I think it’s great and somewhat afforable for what it can do (decent 1080p) but I think the stakes have been raised. We needed this 3 years ago. I wonder what 3 grand can get you with a custom build? Don’t we need a lot of cuda cores and DDR5 now?

  • New Mac Pro’s. just a chip and graphic card refresh, no thunderbolt and only USB 2.0.

    Check it, folks,

  • New Mac “Pro”, is this is a new Siri joke ?

  • I Agree with Anthony Marino

    Also… Prices in Europe are even higher than just the dollar amount translated to Euro…
    2199$ (€1760) vs €2299 in the (Belgian) Apple Store.

    I know there has always been a difference in price but come on? 539€ (673$) !?

    Mac Pro updates show that apple is waving the Pro people goodbye! Not even thunderbolt…
    That’ll be a Hackintosh for me

  • john jeffreys on 06.11.12 @ 4:28PM

    Wow, the SSD is attached directly to the motherboard. You can’t ever upgrade your storage on that. Looks like the RAM is the same too. Wow, way to fuck us and guarantee obsolescence, Apple. I’ll be picking up a now discontinued 17″ for cheap

  • There was a new Mac Pro speed bump, according to Apple’s site, but it’s a disappointer: very expensive, only USB 2, still, an crap ass ATI graphics. Clearly Apple wants us all to move to MacBook Pros. Or Windows/Linux/Hackintosh.

  • I called this 7 days ago . The problem with apple is they have an idea of how they want the world to be and that idea is small and sexy mobile devices.

    Think about it, what would be harder, adding thunderbolt and usb3.0 to mac pros (should have been done last year) or creating this crazy new macbook pro?

    If people are making hackintosh machines with usb3.0 then apple should be able to

  • I can’t believe Apple is even advertising ‘New’ Mac Pro. Its disgusting how much they are still charging for that old hardware. At least upgrade the graphic card and throw thunderbolt on it…usb 3.0 wouldn’t hurt. c’mon man

  • It’s called planned obsolescence…and Apple isn’t the only player in town.

    - Typed from my <11 month old Galaxy S

  • No FCP, no point.

  • Whats the point of big resolution if the retina display can only do 8bits per channel? Whats the point of 4k video if its only viewed in 8bits per channel?

  • @Dave – I don’t think 4k video is the point…maybe in the future but not yet. There might not be a ton of uses for that resolution yet but it’s coming and there are a few important ones now.

    I ordered one and I’m very excited to be able to watch proper full-res 1080p without having to go full screen. It should also help with multi-camera real time editing presuming there’s enough horsepower to run them. Apple claims up to 9 streams at once so my need for 3 or 4 should work just fine and look great.

  • any comment on the new HDMI out on the side? I never thought I’d see apple move away from expensive adapters for absolutely everything.

  • @brenton – My thoughts are that they’re trying to find middle ground in the interest of making the most attractive notebook possible. Without USB 3.0 and an HDMI port, I wouldn’t have made the jump from a PC because my current workflow requires both. The possibility that they’re trying to convert people like me has certainly crossed my mind.

  • as it turns out, the retina display, as of today, is basically useless
    it can only show a 1920×1200 desktop, upscaled

    if Apple doesn’t fix this soon, my conclusion will be that the thing is designed so text looks pretty

    • oh, and btw: this is irrelevant to me, since I have no use for a computer that has no ethernet port
      (and no, a $100 thunderbolt-to-ethernet adapter is not a good solution)

  • @Samuel Hurtado –

    Many Thunderbolt adapters are sub $30 now. DVI and VGA already are.

    It’s also my understanding that the scaled display is only for the desktop and apps without support for the resolution (hence the new ‘best for Retina display dynamic resolution option). It’s not Apple’s fault to fix…applications just have to catch up a little; the bundled apps (safari, iMovie, etc) already are to my knowledge. It won’t be long before CS6 is updated.

    • I don’t know exactly how it works, but from the anandtech article, I get that the “computer side” can only throw a 1920×1200 (or smaller) image towards the “screen side” of the MBP, which then upscales it and shows it at 2880×1800. If that’s so, it’s only useful for reading text. We’ll see.

      and $3 for the adapter would still be “not nice”

      • The computer can ‘throw’ 2880×1800 at the screen. The scaled resolutions are pixel doubled just for compatibility with programs which don’t support the retina resolution yet. The Anand tech article you reference talks about how good pictures look at that resolution further down the page. Also, there are Diablo III benchmarks at that resolution out already.

        I found this update to be a good suppliment to what’s come out in the past couple of days:

        The interesting part for me in that article is where they say the main difference between the 15 inch retina (at a comparible doubled resolution) and the old 17″ display wise is that the 17″ is heavier and harder to carry.

        I agree the adapter should come bundled as Asus does with the Zenbooks but if you’re paying $2200+ for a professional computer, $30 shouldn’t be a deal breaker.

        • DaveT

          You may be correct, but when they show the 5 scaling MODES you choose from, none was 2880×1800. All were way of interpolating a source to 2880×1800. (I suspect the Intel graphics can’t handle, with reasonable performance, 2880×1800.)

          I’m, convinced what a gain from Retina is a very fine pixel structure but not greater image detail — so less content than on a 17″. (Which I just brought from the Apple clearance store!)

          HOWEVER, I think Apple have applications where it is possible to grab a larger than 1920×1200 bit-mapped or vector image and show them full-screen — likely not with the Intel graphics. For example, while normally FCP X simply looks nicer — when you play Full-Screen the source is scaled as needed to 2880×1800.

          WARNING1: If a FCP X monitor is showing every third column and every other row from a FullHD file, we all know the upscaling of each pixel in this window to a 4X bigger pixel can/will be ugly.

          WARNING2: There will also be scaling in the potential full-screen mode. A DV video will undergo a huge upscale! HDTV will be upscaled, but who knows how well the GPU can do this? 4K2K would be downscaled, easier, but not trivial.

          With Apple we can’t trust they understand or give a dman about any profession application. For example, they might put a good scaler in FCP X — and do nothing for Avid and Adobe. And, IMO Avid can’t afford to do anything for one MBP. And, Adobe might ignore this until CS7.

          Retina is of value only why you might put your nose against the screen. For computers, is a bad — although pretty — function.

  • RETINA SUCKS on 06.19.12 @ 1:17PM

    so basically, apple has created a screen that is USELESS and dectracts rather than adds to the on the go experience. let me explain.

    1- at 1920*1200 at that screen size, humans can barely see any pixelation unless you have your nose touching the screen. and that is with a perfect eyesight

    2- such a high resolution screen requires FAR MORE resources as far as ram and graphic card power goes to render graphics and video. that means more expensive components and far more battery usage with the SAME RESULTS{unless u r doing professional computer design etc}.

    3. most movies/pictures on the web and in your storgae will be too small to utilize such high resolutions and look VERY SMALL or VERY BLURRY if upscaled.

    4. the upscaling function can counteract {3} but it uses more processing power/energy and gives you, AT BEST, results as good as having the same sized image on a lower resolution screen{the best result for PERFECT upscaling is to make the image/rendering look as good as the ORIGINAL lower resolution image}

    so why not have a lower resolution to begin with?

    5. 2880p can not perfectly upscale 1080p no matter WHICH graphics card u put in.

    6. apple would have been better off trying to upgrade pixel edge shape and brightness/ colour gamut and quality of the screen itself rather than upping the pixel count like this. professional mobile work stations with 1600×900 screens at 15.6 inches will look and do every jub MUCH better than this thing.