Apple are calling it “the most beautiful computer we’ve ever made”, and “a whole new vision for the notebook.” And they’d be right. Super-slim and super-powerful, Apple’s new MacBook is catwalk-thin and man-bag ready, letting you get some serious work done thanks to high-spec internals without having to let your inner geek crack through your chic exterior. Apple mean business with the new MacBook Pro, and they’re doing it with style. Here, we pick out the computer’s five best features.
A Retina Display in a MacBook Pro, like those found in the iPhone 4, iPhone 4S and new iPad was one of the most hotly rumoured features of Apple’s new machine’s prior to launch, and thankfully it’s made the cut.
The killer feature of the new MacBook Pros, it sees the screen running at a maximum resolution of 2880 x 1800, hitting 220 ppi, or 5,184,000 pixels. That’s four times the pixels of the last generation MacBook Pro. It’s also 3 million pixels more than you’d find in a full HD TV, and offers improved contrast ratios and viewing angles, as well as considerable less glare in direct sunlight meaning you can work in the garden without giving yourself a squinty-eyed headache.
Apple have put the MacBook Pro on a serious diet. The new model is just 0.71-inches thick, making it 25% thinner than the current Pro. At 4.46 pounds, it’s the lightest MacBook Pro Apple have ever built too. It’s not the slimmest laptop on the market (that accolade belongs, for the time being at least, to Acer’s Aspire S5), but it’s the best looking, and up there with the most powerful of Ultrabooks.
Thanks to the combination of an Intel Ivy Bridge Processor (with configurations starting at 2.3GHz quad-core i7s) and NVIDIA’s latest mobile discrete graphics chips, the latest MacBook Pro is the fastest, most graphically capable laptop Apple have ever put together. Ivy Bridge offers a 60% improvement over the last generation of Intel’s integrated graphics solutions, while the NVIDIA GT 650M graphics chip inside means that Retina-troubling gaming resolutions shouldn’t be out of reach. Indeed, at WWDC 2012 Apple showed off an enhanced version of Diablo III running at a Retina Display resolution, with touched up graphics to make the most of the higher ppi. Here’s hoping other developers follow sit with their games. 8GB of 1600MHz DDR3 LRAM as standard helps too, meaning intensive multi-tasking and video editing applications should always run without a stutter.
The MacBook Pro with Retina Display may well be dropping the optical disc drive of previous models, but it’s adding some key new features too. Most notably are two USB 3.0 ports and a HDMI input, two connections that have been sorely missing from previous models. As well as that, you’re also getting an SD slot, two superfast Thunderbolt ports, the thinner new MagSafe 2 connection, a 720p Facetime HD webcam, dual mics, 802.11n WiFi and Bluetooth 4.0. Oh, and a headphone jack too.
Hard Disk Drives will soon be going the way of the Dodo in favour of SSD drives, as employed by Apple here. And for good reason; they allows the machines to be much thinner and lighter, as well as booting up incredibly quickly and allowing for fast application loading times and speedy file transfers. And, with no moving parts, your data is better protected against shock and drop damage, which is great for clumsy types.
By Gerald Lynch | June 12th, 2012