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WWDC Retina MacBook
June 11, 2012 - Dave Hecei
Apple had one of their biggest product announcements during the WWDC 2012 opening keynote address held today in San Francisco. Along with the expected previews of the next OS versions for Macintosh ( OS X Mountain Lion) and mobile devices (iOS 6), Apple showed updated laptops, which included an all new laptop model.
There have been rumors about upcoming updated to the MacBook line of laptops. The MacBook Air and MacBook Pro have been updated with the newest Intel chipset named Ivy Bridge. This update not only adds processing speed, it adds faster graphics and faster USB 3.0 ports. USB 2.0 has a speed limit of 480mbps, while USB 3.0 has a theoretical top end of 5Gbps
Of course, the biggest news on the hardware end was a new MacBook Pro model. This new model is definitely pointed to the high-end pro user. The best news is that it is not priced that way. The base model is priced at $2199.
This new model will have a 15.4-inch wide-screen display and is based on Retina, which is the screen technology used in the iPhone 4 and 4S as well as the new iPad. The new MacBook Pro will have a screen resolution of 2880 by 1800, which is actually higher resolution than the Apple 27-inch Thunderbolt display.
The new thin MacBook Pro also has a new arrangement of ports. On left is a new MagSafe 2 power connection, two Thunderbolt ports, another USB3/2 combo port, and a headphone jack. On the right is an SD slot, HDMI, and USB3/2 combo ports.
The fact that this new MacBook Pro has two Thunderbolt ports plus an HDMI out will make this laptop ideal for video production, as well as 3D modeling, photo editing, and professional audio production.
After the hardware announcements, Apple then went over the upcoming OS X 10.8 and iOS 6. The next Mac OS will be available in July and is priced at only $19.99. It will be available to any Mac running OS X Snow Leopard or Lion. For anyone who buys a Mac starting today will get Mountain Lion for free. The next mobile operating system, iOS 6, will be available this fall . Pricing is free for iPad and iPhones, as with most all iOS updates. It will work on iPhone 3GS or better, iPad 2 or better, and iPod Touch 4.
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