New MacBook Pro – Need to know

Apple has unveiled its thinnest, lightest, most powerful MacBook Pro ever. Here's everything you need to know

New MacBook Pro – Retina Display screen

Apple's first Retina Display MacBook crams in more pixels than any other laptop in the world. That means the 15in screen squeezes in 5.1 million pixels, which is 3 million more than in your HD TV. The resolution is 2880x1800px making for a staggering 220ppi screen. And the IPS display also manages a 178 degree viewing angle. But more importantly it has 75 per cent less reflection and 29 per cent higher contrast, hopefully making it stunning even outdoors.

New MacBook Pro – power

The Intel Core i7 quad-core processor means plenty of next generation Ivy Bridge hyper-threaded power with minimal battery consumption. Available with up to 2.7GHz, and an option for Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.7GHz, you won't be wanting for power.

Couple that with up to 16GB of 1600MHz RAM, and a 1GB Kepler Nvidia GeForce GT 650M graphics card, for a 60 percent graphical improvement on any notebook Apple has ever made. Plus all storage is flash based, meaning super fast access to the 768GB drive with minimal battery consumption.

New MacBook Pro – design

The new MacBook Pro is the thinnest, at 0.71in, and lightest, at 2.02kg MacBook that Apple has ever made. Plus there's still a full sized back-lit keyboard and glass multi-touch trackpad. And despite its size you'll get a solid seven Wi-Fi connected hours from the battery with a standby time of up to 30 days.

New MacBook Pro – connections

Apple has taken the plunge and included two USB 3.0 sockets for up to 5Gbps data transfers. The MacBook Pro also sports two Thunderbolt ports for those needing that supercharged 10Gbps connection. There's also an SDXC card reader slot, HDMI port, and of course MagSafe 2 charger socket and headphone jack.

New MacBook Pro – audio

The new MacBook uses a 720p front-facing camera for HD FaceTime chats. Apple has also packed in two mics for a clearer audio interaction. They're added also as a means to help improve the new Siri-style dictation function that will come with OS X Mountain Lion.

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