Apple 2012: MacBook Pro with Retina Display, MacBook Air, iOS 6 and OS X Mountain Lion unveiled
Apple last night unveiled a bunch of exciting new products and services for Apple fans to get excited about. Among them: a new 15-inch MacBook Pro fitted with Apple’s Retina Display, a handful of new MacBook Air laptops, and the announcement of iOS 6 for Apple smartphones and tablets, including maps. Read on for all the must-know Apple details.
Beginning with the new MacBook Pro. Retina Display MacBooks had been rumoured for a while. Now they’ve finally arrived. There are two 15-inch Retina Display models that are now 0.71-inch deep – thinner than existing models.
Each pack a 2880×1800 resolution Retina Display with a 220 pixels-per-inch density. That means more detail, clearer, more vibrant images, and better viewing angles.
The new MacBook Pro will be powered by your choice of a quad-core 2.3GHz Intel Core i5 or 2.6GHz Core i7 processor, and up to 768GB flash storage, 8GB RAM and 768 Solid State Drive (SSD). The ports have also been tinkered with. You now get a HDMI-out and two USB 3.0 ports, thunderbolt ports, and an SD card slot. The Retina Display models start from £1,799.
New MacBook Air models were also on the menu. There were a couple of 11.6-inch models, and 13.3-inch models with upgraded internals. You get two USB ports on each, and a webcam that supports 720p HD FaceTime chats.
The more basic models sport a 1.8GHz processor, 4GB of RAM and a 128GB SSD, or you can opt for a 2.0GHz processor and 512GB of storage. The new MacBook Airs are shipping today, with the 11-inch models starting from £849, and £999 for the 13-inch model.
Also on the bill was iOS 6, out this Autumn. The latest version of Apple’s mobile operating system now brings new mapping skills developed in-house by Apple, and turn-by-turn navigation with Apple’s Siri built-in. Siri will also be able to launch apps using your voice, and also come to third generation iPads. Apple fans can also look forward to more Facebook integration cross areas such as contacts and location sharing. There will also be support for FaceTime over 3G.
And then there’s the new OS X Mountain Lion, out July for Mac. A lot of the focus will be on how it uses iCloud. iCloud now integrates with reminders, notes, documents, and messages from mobile devices. Apple’s Safari internet browser will also get a performance boost, with a unified search box, and iCloud tab syncing to open pages that you had previously looked at on another device. There will also be Apple’s Game Center, and the ability to update in sleep mode. Mountain Lion will be out in July.
Which of the updates are you most excited about. How about those Retina Display MacBook Pros? Send us your comments below.