Just like the MacBook Air range, the MacBook Pros are also receiving the Ivy Bridge treatment, with the new 2.3 GHz and 2.6 GHz quad-core i7 processors coming as standard, with a Turbo Boost of up to 3.7 GHz. There is also a new graphics processor, the GEForce GT 650M by Nvidia, providing up to 1 GB of video memory and USB 3 is also standard on these models as well.
There has been no major design changes and the standard MacBook Pro range doesn't feature that retina display we've all been hankering after. Apple have also dropped the 17-inch model as well, presumably due to its bulkiness and price.
Next Generation MacBook Pro with Retina Display
Shrouded in black, the new, next-generation MacBook Pro made its introduction and yes, it's got that retina display we've been wanting for so long! Apple is calling it “a new generation of consumer notebook” with a “killer new display” – and it certainly looks like it. The new display measures 15.4 inches across and has a resolution of 2,880 by 1,800 pixels, or 220 pixels per inch – the highest resolution display on a laptop at the moment.
The entirely new MacBook Pro, with a 220 ppi retina display and thinner form factor.
The glare and reflection has been reduced by 75% on the new display and both Lion as well as the entire fleet of Apple apps have all been updated to take advantage of the new display. Any app that isn't ready for the new display will be pixel-doubled, meaning that they will look a lot sharper.
And it doesn't just stop with the display either (which, according to Jony Ive, is a solid piece of glass like on the iPad). The new Pros feature Ivy Bridge processors (i7) up to 2.7 GHz and a whopping 16 GB of RAM. There is also an SD card slot, HDMI support (finally!), USB 3, two Thunderbolt ports and a thinner MagSafe slot, and the casing has been trimmed down to a sleek 0.71 inches, like the MacBook Air.
The new MacBook Pro starts at an eye-watering £1,799 (with a 2.3 GHz quad-core i7 processor, 8 GB of RAM, the new GEForce GT 650M graphics processor and a 256 GB SSD) and is available straight away.