After quite a bit of speculation, Apple’s WWDC 2012 Keynote has come and gone. Ahead of us is a whole week of workshops and other developer related gatherings but with the keynote over, we’re finally able to drool over Apple’s latest product offerings. As was speculated, Apple came forth during the keynote to announce several new things including iOS 6, Mac OS X Mountain Lion and a refresh to their entire laptop line up. However, the real kicker – and the product we’ve all been waiting for – was the next generation MacBook Pro complete with Retina Display.
Much like the iPad 3 and iPhone 4/4S this Retina Display will feature an extremely high resolution – something that, to our knowledge, has yet to be seen in a commercially available laptop. Just how pixel-packed is that screen, you ask? Well, according to Apple, it features a 2880 x 1800 resolution, 330 pixels per inch and a total pixel count of 5,184,000. To put that into perspective, the MacBook Pro’s new Retina Display has 3 million more pixels than your standard 1920 x 1080 (1080p) HDTV. In other words, if you thought your photographs looked beautiful on your current MacBook Pro – you ain’t seen nothin’ yet.
Of course, a Retina Display isn’t the only thing these new MacBook Pros will be graced with. The new machine is also incredibly thin at .71-inches and extremely light at just 4.46-pounds. Under the hood, consumers can expect to see up to a 2.7GHz Intel Core i7 processor, 16GB of RAM, 768GB of SSD storage, an Intel HD Graphics 4000/NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M GPU with 1GB of GGDR3 RAM combo and a battery good for up to 7-hours. Port wise, Apple was nice enough to include 2 USB 3.0 ports along with 2 Thunderbolt I/O ports but unfortunately they axed the Ethernet port along with the optical drive. While there are optional accessories you can buy that remedy this absence, this alone may be a deal breaker for some.
Now that we’ve gotten you excited, you’re probably wondering what the price tag looks like. Well, you better take a seat for this one as the machine I mentioned above, completely maxed out, is a massive $3,749. Alternatively, the base model will start at $2,199 but then you’ll be forced to deal with a 2.3GHz Intel Core i7 processor, 8GB of RAM, 256GB of storage and the same Intel HD Graphics 4000/NVIDIA GeForce GT 650 GPU combo as the maxed out model. Any takers?