Apple's Tim Cook is in the middle of his keynote at WWDC 2012, this year's Worldwide Developer's Conference, and just flipped the sheet off the new line of Apple laptops. They are better than last year's! There's a much bigger separation in price and features between the two laptop lines, the Air and the Pro--the Air is Apple's laptop for everyone, now. The Pro is for, well, pros.
The new Air is faster than last year's, with an upgrade to the "Ivy Bridge" line of Intel CPUs, which we wrote about at length here. They'll also start with more memory, at 4GB of RAM (which is not actually that much, really), and gives the option of a 512GB, extremely fast solid-state drive for storage. And it'll get a USB 3.0/2.0 port, a better front-facing camera, and will cost $100 less than before. None of this is super exciting--the Air is an amazing laptop, and this one is, you know, better. Nothing surprising, though. It's available today.
The new MacBook Pro is actually a bit of a departure. At the moment there's not much separation between the Pro and Air lines in terms of price or capabilities--the Pro has bigger screen sizes and some beefier internal options, but not a huge difference. The new Pro line, on the other hand, is kind of bonkers. Its 15.4-inch screen has a a 2800 x 1800 resolution, which Apple's calling a Retina Display. It'll be crammed full of the fastest mobile guts on the market--quad-core Ivy Bridge processors, Nvidia Kepler graphics chips, a 768GB solid-state drive, HDMI-out, USB 3.0. It is pretty much the most powerful laptop we've ever seen. It'll also cost $2,200. To start. To compare: I once purchased a used car for the same price.
We'll update with more info as we get it--Apple's talking about OS X and iOS today as well. Oh, and thanks to the GDGT liveblog for being the best liveblog.
What apple does best is making both the hardware and the software, and then providing a seamless connection between the two.
solid states are cool, but that price is absurd
Another over priced POS from Apple. And the entry price is just the beginning. Better hope nothing goes wrong with this thing. Its THE FIRST DISPOSABLE COMPUTER ever made. Unrepairable and will force you into lifelong service contracts that cost as much as the computer itself. GOOD LUCK!
Pen13531 is right, you're paying for integration, and innovation, not hardware.
Yet another person who has probably never owned a mac and yet is certain that it is worthless, unserviceable by non-professionals, and for which the support costs money. All the points you bring up are wrong, misguided, or uninformed.
I have never paid for tech support, even when I took my macbook pro to the Apple Store to get hands on help with something.
My brother and I have extensively upgraded his macbook pro several times, in fact, the booklet included gives instructions for installing more ram etc.
Having read a few articles online and not experienced the product yourself, and giving no pretense of having experienced the previous products, you make generalizing remarks which you state as empirical fact.
So, why are you taking time to comment on something you hate and disagree with anyway? if you cannot afford a Mac, that's fine. You think they're garbage? THat's your opinion. Don't go looking for trouble with people who disagree with you.
You say " don't go looking for trouble with people who disagree with you" yet, you are the won writing 5 paragraphs to disagree with hkjonus. Enough said.
This computer is absolutely lovely, with the "Ivy Bridge" processor it can play games at about the speed of a GTX 260, the only problem is the price, due to the fact that the memory is very small, which is maybe good for a guy who only downloads music, but not for a hardcore gamer like myself...
When ever I need to remind myself what is wrong with the world, I look at the anti-mac comments on every popsci mac article. to put it in simple pc terms, hkjonus is what is called a flamer: one who comments deliberately on things he dislikes in order to rile people up. I was merely correcting him in a rational manor for the benefit of the one or two non pc retards who read this. (it is one, not won by the way, but I did 'win')
The slimmest of all I simply love to work on this great machine. Just got the copy of Mountain Lion and its awesome.
Apple's technology comes at a price that somehow justifies itself to a high degree. While consumer's wanted much more compact laptops with still a respectable degree of performance all the windows crowd gave us were 11" and 13" watered down still thick bricks. Then Apple's Air defined a new category that absolutely nailed in it's 2nd generation. Apple has moved on to the third gen and the only Windows competition is the almost-ULTRA Samsung 9 which isn't even a bargain and still has the lesser Windows OS. Moving ahead Apple has began to distance themself with ground-breaking higher resolution displays as seen in their 4S phone and last two 13" Airs...and now in a devastatingly large, yet extremely portable, MacBook Pro 15" Retina. You can't blame Intel, no the stodgy Windows OS and manufacturing consortium seems to only be able to react in a very handicapped way. The Microsoft pushers are going to have to start innovating or get out of the way.
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