The very high resolution display has been revolutionary in the tech world and Apple is at the forefront of it all. Apple started its so-called Retina Display with their iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S. Then they used this on their 3rd generation iPad, which, again, was revolutionary for a tablet display. This time around, Apple ported their Retina Display on their MacBook Pro, which makes it another eye-popping wakeup call for laptop manufacturers to make their display a wee bit better. With a jaw-dropping screen resolution of 2880 x 1800, far more than that of an HDTV, it makes high end gaming laptops look very pixilated.
The truth is other manufacturers have tried to oust Apple in terms of screen resolution on their mobile products. However, even if they have managed to forge out higher resolution mobile products, it has already been two years since Apple released theirs. This means they are just playing catch up with Apple. In fact, many of the products aimed at beating iPhone’s Retina Display does not seem to be released and maintains to be just concept products. Yet, Apple has somehow managed to beat all the odds by releasing high-resolution screen products one after the other. This makes Apple one of the frontrunner in cutting edge computing technology.
The new MacBook Pro is nonetheless impressive as it boasts the latest Ivy Bridge Core i7 with Turbo Boost Processors from Intel, standard 8 GB DDR3 memory, and a GeForce GT650M with 1 GB of GDDR5 memory from NVIDIA for graphics – these specs alone certainly makes this the laptop for serious users. It is 0.71 inches thick and weighs only 2.02 kilograms. The reason for this lightness is that the new MacBook Pro uses an all flash architecture and has rid of its optical drive. This allowed Apple designers to distribute and space things evenly and give it a slimmer body.
The new MacBook Pro also has two USB 3 ports, two thunderbolt ports, SDXC card port, and, for the first time in Apple laptops, an HDMI port. The to-be-released OS X Mountain Lion is being tailored for the new MacBook Pro. The two things missing from previous MacBook Pro are the slot loading optical drive and the Ethernet port – something that would likely frustrate some users.
With a price tag of P108,000 in the Philippines or $2,199 in the U.S., the new MacBook Pro is certainly pricey. But for those who are serious into personal computing (or more of a deep pocketed user) this laptop is certainly worth it. If you are an early adopter or one with showy intents, then this laptop is for you. Personally, if I were ever to buy this pricey laptop, it’s not like I will be showing it to anyone, but it’s because it makes me happy knowing I have it.