Alongside updated Ivy Bridge MacBook Air and MacBook Pro models, Apple is introducing a third member of its notebook lineup. This is the next generation MacBook Pro with Retina Display. It's priced at $2199 (8GB memory, 256GB SSD) and available starting today.

Internally the next-gen MacBook Pro features a 2.3GHz quad-core Core i7 CPU (likely Intel's i7-3615QM, turbo boost up to 3.3GHz, 6MB L3 cache). NVIDIA's Kepler based GeForce GT 650M comes standard with 1GB of memory. There's no 802.11ac support, the next-gen MacBook Pro features 3x3:3 802.11n and Bluetooth 4.0.

The new unibody shell is just 0.71-inches thick and weighs 4.46-lbs. The big feature of the next-gen MacBook Pro is its Retina Display. Available in one size configuration at 15.4-inches, the new panel is a 2880 x 1800 IPS model.  Apple is boasting up to a 75% reduction in glare and reflections. The display is now integrated into the unibody, allowing Apple to remove its cover glass.

The MacBook Pro with Retina Display ships with OS X Lion but features updated apps (Mail, iPhoto, iMovie, Safari) for proper DPI scaling to deal with the higher resolution display. Final Cut Pro and Aperture will also receive updates for Retina Display support.

Apps have to be updated to take advantage of the display, however pixel doubling is supported for scaling those that haven't been updated. 

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  • alexs42 - Monday, June 11, 2012 - link

    Nice laptop, but pricey. I'm a little puzzled though that everyone is so excited (except for the display - that is very nice), since Samsung series 9, 15 inch model was released back in March with longer battery life, thinner (0.58 for the series 9 vs 0.71 for MB pro), 8gb ram, and reasonable display (1600x900) for ~1400. I can't wait for the Ivy Bridge updated version to come out, w/ Keppler. I'd be happy w/ 1080 or 1200 vertical resolution.
    Now, Apple has done a nice job with presentation and all that, but this just does not seem as revolutionary in any way compared to the Win8 bonanza of transformers and touch seen at Computex....
    I'd love to know what folks think about that... Except for the retina display and the amazing show that Apple puts on, it really seems rather pedestrian compared to the developments on the PC side. Stunning that it has come to that, as Apple has been pushing the boundaries for so many years....
  • kkwst2 - Monday, June 11, 2012 - link

    Yeah, between the new announcments by Acer, the new Samsungs, and the new MBP, it really is pissing me off how Lenovo can't release a high resolution IPS panel on its T series Thinkpad notebooks. Because despite all the Apple brouhaha, Lenovo still in most respects makes the best business notebooks - best keyboard, best pointing device (trackpoint), best chassis, best expansion options, ability to easily add another HDD in the ultrabay.

    But their displays have gone to shit and they don't seem to care. There was a time when they had the best displays (while IBM still ran Thinkpad). Put one of the Samsung superbright IPS panels on a T430s and I'm sold again, even though they're tinkering with putting those damn chicklet/backlit keys that Apple drones love on it. I would still be happy with my trackpoint. But I'm not buying paying good money for another crap display. I'll stick with my T410s until I get a decent display option or finally setlle for a vastly inferior touchpad-only product.
  • sonelone - Monday, June 11, 2012 - link

    I wonder how much Apple is going to charge for the larger storage options.
  • ImSpartacus - Monday, June 11, 2012 - link

    A lot.

    They always do.
  • CoLD FiRE - Monday, June 11, 2012 - link

    Only a tiny charge of $600. That's a bargain by Apple standards!
  • iwod - Monday, June 11, 2012 - link

    I cant believe no sites, including Anand mention this. After all the review and crying about IPS on Notebook, we finally have another choose, and it comes with Retina Display!.

    It was mentioned on the features page

    Now only if Anand could find out what the SSD Controller is, it is listed as 500 Read, another Sandforce? Or May be we get a sane new Marvell 88SS9187 Controller?
  • crankerchick - Monday, June 11, 2012 - link

    I guess you missed the part where Anand says 2800x1800 IPS display...
  • crankerchick - Monday, June 11, 2012 - link

  • gus6464 - Monday, June 11, 2012 - link

    SSD is a Samsung 830 in blade config.

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