WWDC 2012: Apple Unveils New Next-Gen MacBook Pro Alongside Upgrades To Current MacBook Ranges

Apple CEO Tim Cook has just taken to the stage at this year’s WWDC conference and unveiled all-new MacBook Pro’s, MacBook Air’s and announced an all-new next generation Retina MacBook Pro.

While the MacBook Air and Pro have seen minor upgrades – Tim Cook didn’t disappoint with the unveiling of all-new Next Generation MacBook Pro, which according to Cook is the “most beautiful computer” the company has ever made.

The Next Generation MacBook Pro

After months of speculation Apple did indeed introduce the Retina Dispay to their MacBook range but surprised the tech world by announcing a brand-new Next Generation MacBook Pro to sit alongside the current Pro non-Retina range.

The main headlines are: Retina. The new Pro comes with 15-4-inch display capable of a resolution of 2890×1800. Apple has redesigned the chassis and thermal system to accommodate the new speed and display – making it much quieter. Despite all these impressive specs they’ve managed to squeeze the laptop down paper-thin 0.71-inches, with the loss of the optical DVD drive, of course.

Ports-wise it’s no slouch either; they’ve added HDMI, 2 USB 3.0 & 2.0 ports, SD card slot and two fire-wire ports. You’ll be able to spec the RAM up to 16GB and go as high as 768GB for your flash storage drive.

MacBook Air

Apple has updated the MacBook Air with the new Ivy Bridge processors running up to 3.2Ghz. You can spec the Air with up to 8GB of on-board RAM, and 512GB of super-fast flash storage.

The graphics card has also been upgraded and is around 60% faster than last year’s offerings. The Air will be sporting the next generation USB 3.0 port on either side, too.

iSight is getting a new lick of paint and will be capable of 720p high-definition video. The new MacBook Air will start shipping today at $999 and 13-inch model start at $1199.

MacBook Pro

Apple announced a small update to the current 15-inch unibody MacBook Pro range with new 3rd generation 2.7Ghz Ivy Bridge processors.

Graphics card-wise they will now come with incredibly fast Nvidia GeForce GT 650m graphics card, which utilises their new Kepler technology. Apple has decided to replace the USB ports with USB 3.0 – but confirmed they will still work with both types of devices.

All the extra power won’t hit you in the pocket either as they’re priced the same as their predecessors, the updated MacBook Pro computers will be available today starting at $1199 for a 13-inch 500GB model.

The announcement are happening are we type so stay tuned for breaking news from WWDC.

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