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MacBook Pro gets retina display, super-thin case

Apple has released a long-overdue update to its MacBook Pro.

The company's new top-of-the-line MacBook features a 15-inch retina display (that is, the same super high-resolution screen used on the iPhone 4S and the new iPad).

It's also 1.80cm thick, or 25% thinner than its predecessor.

"Crap it's thin. I need it now," exclaimed Christchurch app developer Layton Duncan on Twitter.

Mr Duncan is in San Francisco for the Apple World Wide Developers Conference this morning NZ time, where the new MacBook Pro was unveiled.

He had to wait in vain for a 17-inch model, however - the MacBook Pro Retina Display tops out at 15 inches, as does a refresh of Apple's "standard" MacBook Pro (below).

Apple slimmed down the new model, in part, by eliminating a DVD drive.

There's also no hard drive. The new MacBook Pro comes with a choice of 256GB or 512GB solid state (Flash) memory.

The weight is 2.02kg.

Stunning display, stunning price
The starting price is a robust $3499 for the 256GB model and $4499 for the 512GB model (which again seems a little off compared to the US price of $2799 - $NZ3658, even allowing for the US price excluding sales tax.)

Both come with 8GB of memory (upgradeable to 16GB) and a 2.6GHz quadcore Intel Core i7 processor.

Other specs include a Nvidia GeForce GT 650M Kepler graphics (good enough to play Diablo III, Apple says), up to 768GB of flash storage in custom-build options and up to seven hours of battery life, or 30 days on standby.

The new design has ports for SD, HDMI, USB 3.0 on either side, two Thunderbolt ports, a headphone jack and a slimmer MagSafe charging port. The laptop also has an HD camera for FaceTime and dual microphones.

Through a Mac OS X upgrade, also announced today, the new MacBook and other models also gain dication ability - but not full-on Siri-style interpretative commands.

MacBook Pro, Air get refresh
Apple also announced incremental upgrades its (non-retina display) MacBook and Air laptop lines this morning.

Both get what Apple says are 60% faster graphics, USB 3 ports and Intel Ivy Bridge processors.

The Air also gains a 720p high def webcam.

Full specs and pricing here.

Comments and questions
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$4500?! Buy an iPad 3 and a ZAGG keyboard for $100 and you'll be able to fly to the US and have a holiday on the difference.

Good call Paul.

The Android - Asus Transformer Infinity 700T is far superior to the iPad 3.

just ordered a macbookPro Now its time to port to Apple apps etc... oh the pain ....

so no 17" Retina display & no sign of a new iMac, no talk about iTV or iphone5 either.. but hey I'm more interested in the macBook Pro anyways.. although.. its slated to be phased out over the next year or two.

Nice to see Thunderbolt in there and a few USB3 ports too.. Not sure how well the new cooling fans work.. they really go in depth on the fact they bent the fan blades to get things happening.... they make it sound like the reached a Ureka moment in blade design.. bit like when someone decided to put a bend in the tooth brush.. how basic is that

hhmm.. I wonder how long it will take till the first shipment runs out...

the fans actually do what they say...I used to have a 13in macbook pro and just got the retina a few weeks ago and it doesn't heat up and I can't hear it working! LOVE IT

No doubt also includes a power supply unit characterised by shoddy construction and a tendency to break. Two power suppliers later, I utterly regret buying a Macbook Pro (and this is when I absolutely baby them). Their power supplies are so shonky there was a successful class action over them in the USA.

Of course, they're expensive to replace, so probably a good money spinner for Apple.

What a frikkin' rip off!!

I LOVE it! If I hadn't not long ago updated my MBP, I would have had my order in for one of these already!