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Apple's next-gen MacBook Pro gets Retina display that's only 0.71 inches thick

Consumer Reports News: June 11, 2012 02:08 PM

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Apple today introduced its newest line of MacBook Pro laptops, including a 15-inch model that measures just 0.71 inches thick—a quarter inch thinner than the current model—weighs just under 4.5 pounds, and includes a Retina display with a resolution of 2880x1800.

The new display contains 5 million pixels and should be comparable in quality to the new iPad's screen. Apple says apps including iPhoto, Safari, iMovie, and e-mail have already been updated to take advantage of the new display.

Another notable feature of the new MacBook Pro is the solid-state drive, which will be available with as much as 768GB of storage. The laptop also includes only two USB 3 ports, two Thunderbolt ports, and an HDMI port [added info]. Apple claims the new MacBook Pro will get 7 hours of battery life (the current model got 8.5 hours in our tests).

You'll be able to purchase the new MacBook Pro with up to 16GB of memory and a quad-core i7 processor. The base model starts at $2,200 with a 2.3GHz quad-core processor, 8GB of memory, and 256GB of flash storage. It ships today.

The company also updated its other MacBook Pro laptops, as well as the MacBook Air.

Donna L. Tapellini

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