Apple announced their new line of laptops two days ago, stunning electronics junkies all over the globe at their annual World Wide Developers Conference. Aside from a refresh of the current models, the next generation “MacBook Pro with Retina Display” has also been announced. This new product can be described as nothing less than revolutionary.
As I watched live coverage of the event in anticipation, I was delighted when they announced processor updates and upgrades to USB 3.0 in the Air and Pro lines. But then came the big unveiling. Apple revealed a new laptop as thin and fast as the Air, and as powerful as the Pro. The machine is a hybrid of the two, yet has something that neither of the two possess: the Retina Display. This gorgeous display contains 3 million more pixels than a Full HD television, packing them all into a 15-inch screen with more pixel depth than you can distinguish with the human eye. Hit the jump for the details and video!
Beyond the amazing display, the other specs are also quite impressive:
- Two USB 3.0 ports (which can transfer up to 5GB/sec)
- Two Thunderbolt ports (transfers data at 10GB/sec!)
- HDMI port
- SSD (Solid State Drive) upgradable to 768GB
- SDXC card slot
- Up to 16GB of RAM (starts at 8GB)
- 2.7GHz Quad-core Intel Core i7 processor, with Turbo Boost up to 3.7GHz
All-around, this device is a powerhouse. For a video editor/graphic designer like me, performance is everything, and this machine has greater potential for speed and efficiency than I’ve ever seen in a laptop, let alone in one so thin! Having an all-flash architecture with the SSD will greatly improve the speed of the system and programs, as well as increase the durability of the machine (ever have a hard drive crash on you?). This machine is a huge leap forward as ultrabooks become serious computing devices.
One of the main complaints that you will hear about this new MacBook Pro is that it sacrifices the optical drive to allow the thin structure and new/relocated ports. As a video editor, I use my optical drive quite frequently; burning DVDs and such. However, I personally have accepted the absence of the drive, as I can use a small external Super Drive whenever I need it. If I can live without the drive, I’m sure the average consumer can live without it. That being said, this is NOT a computer for the average consumer…yet.
Today, this is the GOD of all laptops: quick, powerful, and space-efficient. While heavy users will relish in the power that this new computer will give them, others will be hard-pressed to find a real use for its embellishments. If it’s the screen size you’re attracted to, there’s the original 15-inch, and if it’s the thin body and flash storage, you can always go for the Air. Trust me, with a starting price of $2,199, the average user can save at least a few hundred dollars on a different Apple machine and still have a product that they’ll be completely happy with. On the other hand, if it’s the Retina Display that turns your head, there’s only one way to go.
For a closer look at the new MacBook Pro with Retina Display, watch the video below, and don’t forget to send in your old gadgets to MaxBack for quick cash towards new Apple products!
Image and video, courtesy of Apple, Inc.