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Apple launches slimmest MacBook Pro with retina display

Apple unveiled an all new 15-inch MacBook Pro featuring the retina display, all flash storage and quad-core processors in a radically thin and light design, very similar to the popular MacBook Air. The new MacBook Pro is just 0.71 inches thick and weighing only 2 kg.

Nandagopal Rajan        Last Updated: June 18, 2012  | 17:02 IST

Nandagopal Rajan
Nandagopal Rajan
As expected, Apple's stunning Retina Display has made its way into the MacBook Pro. At its developers' conference in San Francisco on Monday, Apple unveiled an all new 15-inch MacBook Pro featuring the retina display, all flash storage and quad-core processors in a radically thin and light design, very similar to the popular MacBook Air. The new MacBook Pro is just 0.71 inches thick and weighing only 2 kg.

Apple CEO Tim Cook said the new MacBook Pro pushes the limits of performance and portability like no other notebook. "With a gorgeous Retina display, all flash architecture and a radically thin and light design, the new MacBook Pro is the most advanced Mac we have ever built."

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A release claimed the new MacBook Pro Retina display is the world's highest resolution notebook display with over 5 million pixels, 3 million more than an HD television. Featuring a precision engineered aluminium unibody design and an all-flash storage architecture, the all new MacBook Pro is the lightest MacBook Pro ever. "Flash storage that is up to four times faster than traditional notebook hard drives enables the all new MacBook Pro to play four simultaneous streams of uncompressed 1080p HD video from internal storage. The flash storage architecture also delivers improved reliability, instant-on responsiveness and 30 days of standby time."

The MacBook Pro with Retina display features the latest Intel Core i7 quad-core processors up to 2.7 GHz with Turbo Boost that speeds up to 3.7 GHz, NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M discrete graphics, up to 16GB of faster 1600 MHz RAM and flash storage up to 768GB. Two Thunderbolt and two USB 3.0 ports allow pro users to connect to multiple displays and high performance devices, and a new HDMI port offers quick connectivity to HDTVs.

Apple claims the battery delivers up to seven hours of wireless productivity, and uses advanced chemistry and Adaptive Charging technology to provide up to 1,000 recharges. The MacBook Pro also features a FaceTime HD camera, glass Multi-Touch trackpad, full-size backlit keyboard, dual microphones, enhanced speakers, 3-stream 802.11n Wi-Fi and a thinner MagSafe 2 power port. The OS X Lion as well as other apps have been updated to take full advantage of the new MacBook Pro with Retina display.

The all-new 15-inch MacBook Pro with 2.3 GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 processor, with Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.3 GHz, 8GB of memory and 256GB of flash storage starting at Rs 1,52,900 including VAT. The 512GB version will cost Rs 1,92,900.

Apple has also updated its popular MacBook Air range with the latest Core i5 and Core i7 dual-core processors, integrated Intel HD Graphics 4000, 4GB to 8GB of memory and the new FaceTime HD camera. The 11-inch MacBook Air with 64GB of flash storage will cost Rs 67,900 including VAT and the 128GB version will cost Rs 74,900. The 13-inch Air with 128GB of flash storage will cost Rs 81,900 and the 256GB version Rs 99,900.

The updated 13 and 15 inch MacBook Pro versions will also feature the latest Intel Core i5 or Core i7 dual-core processors and NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M discrete graphics. The 13-inch Pro with 500GB hard drive will sell for Rs 81,900 and 750GB version for Rs 99,000. The 15-inch MacBook Pro with 500GB HDD will cost Rs 1,22,900 while the 750GB version will cost Rs 1,52,900.

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