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Behold, the Retina Display-packin' 2012 Apple MacBook Pro!
This one's a beaut
by Neps Firmalan | Jun 13, 2012
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And, as many of us expected, the guys over at Apple have unveiled the latest edition of the MacBook Pro, much to the delight of the company's hordes of patrons. Yep, the 2012 version deserves attention, not only because it's fresh in the spotlight but also because it packs something that most other laptops and, yes, even ultrabooks, don't have ---the Retina Display feature.

We've heard this before, and we sort of expected it. Apple slapping a Retina Display on its latest laptops could be seen as a "just a matter of time" thing. After all, they've placed it on the iPhone and the iPad so a jump to an even bigger screen could be the next logical step, something that's welcome to us. The new MacBook Pro, specifically the the 15.4-inch model, has a display resolution of 2,880 x 1,800. That's four times of what the 2011 version has to offer and translates to 220.5ppi (pixels per inch)! To be strict about it, 220.5ppi is way less than what the iPhone 4/4S has (above 300ppi) but is good enough to fit into Apple's definition for the Retina Display.

Now, enough of the screen, the new MacBook Pro has stuff under its hood that shouldn't go unnoticed. Check out the specs below.

15.4-inch 2012 MacBook Pro specs

  • Display: IPS LCD (2880 × 1800 pixels, 220.5ppi)
  • CPU: 2.3, 2.6, or 2.7GHz Ivy Bridge Intel Core i7 quad-core processor 
  • RAM: Up to 16GB
  • GPU: Nvidia Kepler GeForce GT 650M GPU (1GB of GDDR5 VRAM)
  • Storage: Up to 768GB SSD
  • Wi-Fi: 802.11 b/g/n
  • Bluetooth: v4.0
  • Webcam: FaceTime camera 720p HD
  • USB: v3.0 x 2
  • Thunderbolt: Yes, x 2
  • HDMI: Yes
  • Card reader: SDXC
  • Dimensions: 1.8 x 36 x 25cm
  • Weight: 2.02kg

Whew! The two things that really made us take notice in the list are the Ivy Bridge chips and Nvidia's Kepler GPU which we also expected to take residence inside the device. And, yes, as you can see, the new MacBook Pro with Retina Display is also really thin and light (thanks to Apple ditching the optical drive), almost as light as the MacBook Air. which also makes it count as an ultrabook.

As for pricing, it doesn't come as a surprise that the new MacBook Pro with Retina Display won't come cheap. See below.

  • 2.3GHz Core i7, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD config - P107,990
  • 2.6GHz Core i7, 8GB RAM, 512GB SSD config - P137,990
  • 2.7GHz Core i7, 16GB RAM, 768GB SSD config - P185,490

Now if those prices are just too much for your bank accounts, maybe you want to settle for the Retina Display-less MacBook Pros which are a lot cheaper. In any case, you could click here for the complete pricing details and specs. You could also take a peek at the gallery below for press photos

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