Apple has finally brought some much needed updates to their MacBook hardware, and even introducing a new line. Here’s what was announced today.
The new MacBook Air is getting the new Ivy Bridge CPU at 2.0GHz i7 processor, up to 8GB of RAM at 1600Mhz, 60% faster graphics, and 512GB of flash storage. Also, there will be combined USB 2 and USB 3 ports, and a FaceTime camera capable of 720p video. These new Airs are $100 cheaper than the previous generation.
The refreshed MacBook Pros have Ivy Bridge CPUs up to 2.7Ghz, 8GB of 1600Mhz RAM and 60% faster graphics. The discrete GPU is a GeForce GT 650M, 1GB vRAM. USB 3 will also make it’s way to the Pro line. These new models will retain the same pricing as the current MacBook Pros- starting at $1199 for the 13-inch model.
Next-Generation MacBook Pro:
New Display at 15.4″ across with a pixel density of 2880×1800. This works out to be 220 pixels per inch or over 5 million pixels. The machine itself is 0.71 inches thick, which is 1/4 thinner, or about as thin as a MacBook Air. It weighs in at just 4.46lbs.
The new MacBook Pro is packed with up to a 2.7Ghz quad-core processors, 16GB of 1600Mhz RAM, GT 650M graphics with 1GB VRAM, flash storage up to 768GB, 7 hour battery, MagSafe 2, two Thunderbolt ports, another USB3 port, and headphone jack on other side, SD slot, HDMI, USB3 USB2 combo ports on one side.
Of course, Apple built in a glass multitouch trackpad, backlight keyboard, 802.11n WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0. FaceTime HD camera, Dual Mics, “Best stereo speakers ever put into desktop of notebook computer”, and improved fan that operates nearly silently.
Applications will need to be updated to to work with the new Retina display, otherwise applications will be pixel doubled by the system to accommodate the new higher resolution.
Starting price will be $2199 for 15.4-inch, 2.3Ghz processor, 8GB of RAM, GT 650M 1GB VRAM, 256GB flash storage.
All three updates ship today.