New MacBook Pros Sport Intel Ivy Bridge Processor and Thinner Design; MacBook Pro With Retina Display Also Announced

Along with the new MacBook Airs, Apple has also announced a totally new and refreshed MacBook Pro line-up. The new MacBook Pros will be powered by Intel’s Ivy Bridge procesors with the top of the line quad-core i7 chip running at 2.7 and capable of running at 3.7GHz via Turbo Boost. Like the Air, there will be 8GB of RAM running at 1600Mhz and “60% faster graphics”. The 15.4-inch MacBook Pro will come with Nvidia’s Kepler GeForce GT650M GPU with 1GB of dedicated memory, while the 13-inch model will presumably use Intel’s Ivy Bridge in-built GPU. The new MacBook Pros also come with an SSD (Up to 786GB) and two USB 3.0 ports.


Along with a spec-bump, Apple has also refreshed the design of the new MacBook Pros. The new MBPs are a mere 0.71-inch thick i.e. 1/4th of the current generation model and weight in only 4.46 pounds.  Other ports on the new MBPs include a thinner MagSafe, Thunderbolt port, SD card reader, headphone jack and surprisingly an HDMI port. Other new features include Bluetooth 4.0, FaceTime HD, dual-microphones, and the usual but awesome backlit keyboard and glass trackpad.

Apple also announced a new 15.4-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display. Yes, as rumors had suggested, Apple has managed to fit in a Retina Display on the new 15-inch MBP. The new 15-inch MBP with Retina Display  has a whopping…jaw busting resolution of 2880*1800, with a total pixel count of 5,184,000 pixels and a 220 ppi. This new display also touts of reduced glares, better color reproduction, better viewing angles and higher contrast ratios.

The base 13-inch MacBook Pro will cost $1199 with the top-of-the-line model costing $1499, while the base15-inch model will cost $1799 and and the fully loaded version will set you back by $2199. The new MacBook Pro with Retina Display will set users back by $2199 and will include a quad-core i7 running at 2.3GHz, 8GB of RAM, 256GB of flash storage and 7 hours of battery life.

Like the new MacBook Airs, all the new and refreshed MacBook Pros including the one with Retina Display start shipping from today itself.

And oh! the new MBPs still have an optical drive.


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