The MacBook Pro 2012 (that's the name that seems to be sticking) was introduced today at the WWDC 2012 event. A lot of folks have been waiting for this newest iteration of the series and their wait seems to have been well worth the time.
There are a lot of articles on the web about the new MacBook Pro and plenty of info at Apple's online store. The purpose of this Page is to provide a quick overview of the specifications and a few photos.
There are 13" and 15" models available.
You can order the new MacBook Pro on Monday though you can see it now on Apple.com.
I will probably add more content to this Page based on more research and on feedback from comments. But, since it was introduced today I really wanted to get something out today that would be useful, summarize the major features, and provide a few photos. I would, for example, like to go into a little more detail on the video technology under the hood.
Price: Starts at $2,199.
Size Matters: At .71 inches, this is one very thin notebook. Even though I am not into Apple products I do think that spec is a very sexy, indeed.
Weight: Just under 4.5 pounds. Again, that's a nice spec for a notebook that does all that this one does. Apple went all out to make a notebook that would be easy to carry around.
Display: I doubt few people were surprised by the inclusion of the Retina Display. Resolution is quoted at 2,880 x 1,800. That's four times the number of pixels of the previous MacBook Pro. Very impressive.
Ports: (1) USB 2.0, (1) USB 3.0, (1) HDMI, and (2) Thunderbolt ports. For more on the Thunderport video/data port click here. This is the most number of ports that have been offered on a MacBook Pro according to the articles I used for this Page.
Battery Life: 7 hours. The battery uses up a lot of the guts of the machine.
Storage: SSD. Good for them! I hope most notebooks go the Solid State Drive route soon. The new machine supports up to 768GB of flash storage. That's 3/4 of a terabyte and should be more than enough for the vast majority of users.
Processor: Quad-core Intel Core i7, up to 2.7GHz. A speedy processor. There is also some exciting video processing under the hood as well to produce 1080p video smoothly.
Video Processor: For this spec I will use a quote from Apple.com: NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M graphics processor provides up to 60 percent faster graphics performance than any notebook we’ve ever made. And it delivers enough power to drive the amazing 5-million-pixel Retina display.
RAM: Up to 16GB of 1600MHz memory.
Other Stuff: A glass track pad, the usually 802.11 WiFi, BlueTooth, and dual microphones.
Please leave your own thoughts about the new MacBook Pro and your analysis of the specifications. Also, are you planning to buy one?