At the WWDC conference, Apple has revealed the specifications and pricing of their newly updated Mac range computer systems, that is MacBook Air and MacBook Pro. So for those who have waited for the updates, here are the details announced by the company.
“Today we’ve updated the entire MacBook line with faster processors, graphics, memory, flash storage and USB 3 connectivity,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. “We’ve made the world’s best portable family even better and we think users are going to love the performance advances in both the MacBook Air and MacBook Pro.”
Below are some highlights of new MacBook Air:
- Intel 3rd Generation Core, i.e. Ivy Bridge
- Up to 2.0GHz dual-core i7 processor
- Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.2GHz
- Up to 8GB 1600MHz RAM
- Up to 60 percent faster graphics processing
- Up to 512GB SSD storage
MacBook Air: Detailed Specifications
Now we’ll talk about the specifications and pricing in detail. But first it’s specifications. The new MacBook Air comes in two screen sizes, i.e. 11.6-inch and 13.3-inch LED display having native screen resolution of 1366 by 768. With Intel’s new 3rd generation Ivy Bridge processors, configurable up to dual-core 2.0GHz Core i7 processor with Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.2GHz. It comes with up to 512GB flash storage (i.e. SSD – Solid State Drive), and 4GB 1600MHz DDR3L onboard memory configurable up to 8GB.
While few other notable features of MacBook Air includes upgraded Intel HD graphics 4000, which is 60 percent faster as compared to its predecessors. 720p FaceTime HD camera, two USB 3.0 ports which has a transfer rate of up to 5GB, and Bluetooth 4.0. It comes pre-loaded with OS X Lion upgradable to the new OS X Mountain Lion for free when it arrives this summer.
MacBook Air: Pricing
The new MacBook Air starts shipping today. The pricing of both 11-inch and 13-inch models are as follows:
- 11-Inch MacBook Air
- Low-end – 1.7GHz dual-core i5 processor, 4GB RAM, 64GB flash storage will cost you $999.
- High-end – 2.0GHz dual-core i7 processor, 8GB RAM, 512GB flash storage will cost you $2,149.
- 13-Inch MacBook Air
- Low-end – 1.8GHz dual-core i5 processor, 4GB RAM, 128GB flash storage will cost you $1,199.
- High-end – 2.0GHz dual-core i7 processor, 8GB RAM, 512GB flash storage will cost you $2,199.
Previous-Generation of MacBook Pro
The previous generation of 13 and 15-inch MacBook Pro now comes with updated specifications, which includes Intel’s latest 3rd Generation Ivy Bridge processors which is configurable for up to 2.7GHz quad-core i7 that supports a Turbo Boost speed of up to 3.7GHz, and a new NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M graphics.
You can configure your MacBook Pro with either a 1TB hard drive or SSDs up to 512GB that are up to twice as fast as the previous generation. It also comes with a high-speed Thunderbolt port that allows you to easily connect external displays and two USB 3.0 ports that allow you to connect high performance peripherals.
The New MacBook Pro with Retina Display
At WWDC ’12, Apple also unveiled an all new MacBook Pro with Retina display, SSDs and Intel’s latest quad-core processor, all in a thin and light design, measuring a mere 0.71 inches and weighting only 4.46 pounds. This makes it as thin as MacBook Air.
Below are some highlights of new MacBook Pro:
- Intel Core i7 quad-core processors up to 2.7GHz
- Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.7GHz
- Up to 16GB of faster 1600MHz RAM
- NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M discrete graphics
- Up to 768GB SSD storage
- Two Thunderbolt and two USB 3.0 ports
“The MacBook Pro with Retina display pushes the limits of performance and portability like no other notebook,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “With a gorgeous Retina display, all flash architecture and a radically thin and light design, the new MacBook Pro is the most advanced Mac we have ever built.”
Now we’ll discuss about the specifications of the new MacBook Pro in detail. The new-generation of MacBook Pro comes in 15-inch version, with Retina display, the world’s highest resolution notebook display that has a 2880 by 1800 pixel resolution – that is 220 pixels-per-inch and over 5 million pixels in total, which is 3 million more as compared to an HD television.
Apple’s Retina display uses IPS technology that gives you 178-degree wide viewing angle. The company has also been able to decrease the screen reflection by 75 percent and has increased the contrast by 29 percent, making it easier for users to use it in direct sunlight.
New MacBook Pro: Pricing
The new MacBook Pro starts shipping today. The pricing of 15-inch version are as follows:
The 15-inch MacBook Pro with a 2.3 GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 processor with Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.3 GHz, 8GB of memory and 256GB of flash storage starting at $2,199; and with a 2.6 GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 processor with Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.6 GHz, 8GB of memory and 512GB of flash storage starting at $2,799.
Head over to Apple’s official website to know more about MacBook Air and MacBook Pro.
For those of you who don’t know, Apple has done lots of announcements at the 23rd Worldwide Developers Conference event 2012, updating its range of products. As always, event was packed, completely filling the 6,230-person capacity room. People from 60 countries attended the conference.
Stay tuned as we at Sizzling Bit are covering all the announcements done by Apple at WWDC ’12.