Apple unveils next generation MacBook Pro with Retina display

New MacBook Pro will have a total of 5.1 million pixels and prices start from $2499

Apple has reinvented the MacBook Pro with a Retina display, as announced at Apple's Worldwide Developer Conference keynote on Monday.

The standout feature is the brand new high-density display. The new MacBook Pro has four times the number of pixels as the previous model at 220 pixels-per-inch or 5,184,000 pixels. It's 15.4 inches across, but its pixel density is 2880 by 1800.

Despite its glossy screen, it has a 178-degree wide viewing angle, has 75 percent less reflection, and 29 percent higher contrast than the previous generation, Apple says.

The laptop has a 2.3GHz quad-core i7 processor with 8GB of RAM, a GeForce GT 650M with 1GB of VRAM, 256GB of flash storage, and up to 16GB of 1600MHz RAM.

The new Pro weighs 2.02kg, heavier than an Air, but similar to the 13-inch MacBook Pros. Like the new Air, it has no optical drive. Closed, it's about as thick as the base of the old MacBook Pro but about as thin as an Air, at 18mm. Unlike the current wedge-shape of the MacBook Air, this laptop has a uniform thickness.

As an all-SSD model, the new MacBook Pro has up to 7 hours of battery life and 30 days of standby, and the battery itself takes up most of the interior. Built around flash storage, users can now configure their models at up to 768GB of internal flash storage. It also features the fastest graphics on a Mac laptop -- Nvidia GeForce GT 650M, Kepler.

The laptop also has 802.11n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0. a FaceTime HD camera, and dual mics using beam-forming technology. There's the obligatory glass Multi-Touch trackpad and backlit keyboard.

It features an SD card, HDMI out, USB3/USB2 ports on either side, two Thunderbolt ports, and a headphone port. Apple's making some adapters -- Thunderbolt to FireWire 800 and Thunderbolt to Gigabit Ethernet. The new MacBook Pro also ships with a new, thinner MagSafe 2 power port.

Apple spaced the fan blades asymmetrically so that the fan noise is not a uniform sound, but more dispersed.

It's environmentally friendly as well with Energy Star 5.2, and is arsenic-free, BFR-free, and PVC-free. It is also highly recyclable, and has mercury-free glass.

Prices for the MacBook Pro start at $2499. It's available today.

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