This high-end model has GB, but there's also a cheaper version with GB. Custom options to increase storage to up to GB or upgrade the processor to a 2. Of course, the new inch MacBook Pro's most exciting feature is its Retina display. Cramming in four times as many pixels as a standard inch MacBook Pro which itself is no slouch in the resolution department , it's absolutely gorgeous to look at, reproducing images and text with crystal clarity.
Photographers, graphic artists and video editors will love it. Like all of Apple's inch MacBooks, this one lacks a discrete graphics chip. Not that this is much of a drawback. Current page: Introduction. Tech Radar. North America. When you buy through our links, we may get a commission. By adding a high-res Retina Display to a new inch MacBook Pro, Apple has taken the odd man out of its MacBook line -- the previous inch Pro -- and turned it into a sleek, modern laptop sitting at the midway point between slim ultrabook and mainstream powerhouse.
This update is not as revolutionary as the inch version, which really was something we had never seen before. But, it leapfrogs some recent Windows 8 ultrabook-style laptops that were giving the MacBook Air serious competition as the go-to premium laptop in that price range, such as the Acer Aspire S7 and the Dell XPS I've recently seen some flagship Windows 8 laptop with similar prices.
The convertible Dell XPS 12, with a slightly smaller Both of those laptops have 1,x1,pixel displays, which is as high as you can get on a consumer Windows laptop, and both are touch-screen laptops, an area Apple has yet to get into. The takeaway? The main selling point of this system, the Retina Display, is something that presents itself much better in person than online. Like the inch version, this won't actually look like you're seeing full 2,x1,pixel resolution or 2,x, pixels, in the case of the inch , if you still think about screen resolution in the same way Windows laptops do.
Instead, Apple uses a different dot pitch for the screen, which makes the desktop appear to be operating at 1,x pixels, just with a much finer grain to the image. You can pop into the System Preferences menu and change that to "look like" 1,x pixels or 1,x1, pixels. The end result is a screen that's higher-res than a 1,x1,pixel laptop, but appears to operate at a lower screen resolution, all while appearing crisper and sharper.
If all that sounds confusing, just know that you're unlikely to notice the difference between a Retina and non-Retina screen until you see them side by side. Then, it's definitely noticeable, but I've found it primarily of use in reading onscreen text more than anything else the same was true for the Retina iPad versus previous non-Retina iPads. Interestingly, the non-Retina inch and inch MacBook Pro laptops continue to exist, although it's hard to imagine anyone not needing an internal optical drive or huge HDD going to those as a first choice a budget-driven choice, perhaps.
While we continue to test the new inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display, my initial impression is of a laptop following an inevitable evolutionary pathway, shedding size and weight, along with arguably legacy hardware, from optical drives, to platter hard drives, to Ethernet jacks a point sure to be hotly disputed by those who still use those features every day. I'd still call the inch Retina Pro the best all-around MacBook in Apple's current roster, and the inch Air the most practical for on-the-go lifestyles.
That puts this model just behind those in the complex calculation of value, practicality, and features, but still miles ahead of most other inch laptops. Instead, like the inch version from June , it's caught somewhere in the middle. Thinner than a Pro, it also feels dense, leaning toward heavy, when you pick it up. It doesn't taper to a fine point the way a MacBook Air does, making it a bit harder to carry by hand comfortably.
The results left me feeling that each design has its advantages, but there's still a big difference between the two. The Retina Pro is I know plenty of people who lug around full-size inch MacBook Pros to and from work everyday -- and a few who do the same with inch models. Both camps would benefit greatly from the smaller Retina Pro. Some time ago, I decided to carry a inch Retina Pro around with me every day for a week as a test.
It ended up being much easier to travel with than I expected, so the inch model could certainly be an everyday machine, although many ultrabooks and the MacBook Air clock in at around half a pound less. The keyboard and trackpad are the same as seen on the last several generations of MacBook, and they remain an industry standard. Other laptops have matched, but not surpassed, the backlit Apple keyboard, and the trackpad, with its multifinger gestures, remains the easiest to use in any laptop -- although Windows 8 is making a major play for improved touch-pad gestures.
On the inch Retina Pro, the high-res display felt like a real hardware breakthrough. Since then, we haven't seen anything like it on any other laptop until now although the same higher-res technology can be found in recent iPhone and iPad models. Adding it to this Apple says this screen has less glare than previous MacBook screens -- the glossy top layer still seemed to reflect plenty of light from nearby sources. The Retina Pro sticks with a aspect ratio the much more common aspect ratio is only found in the inch MacBook Air.
It won't make a tremendous amount of difference, but there's something to be said for matching the aspect ratio of HD television content, for letterbox-bar-free viewing.
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