Retina MacBook Pro review: Ivy Bridge and Nvidia GPU power the machine

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    By Abdul Vahid V

    For the first time, Apple has integrated its Retina Display on a non-iOS device on its 2012 MacBook Pro 15-inch. The tech world has accepted the news of Retina Display’s introduction of MacBook Pro with much fervour. The Cupertino tech giant announced the new version of its flagship professional notebook at WWDC 2012. The new MacBook Pro, apart from the revolutionary Retina display, shows off many other incredible features. The machine is powered by Intel’s latest Ivy Bridge chips and it is to run on the imminent OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion OS.

    Retina Display
    As per Apple, the new MacBook Pro has “the world’s highest-resolution display.” This is certainly the most important feature of the notebook. The advanced display technology generates a high clarity screen that shows everything remarkably vibrant, detailed and sharp. Indeed, it is the “most jaw-dropping Retina display yet” thanks to its uncompromising display clarity and perfection.

    Retina Display works quite marvellously on the MacBook Pro. The device packs over 5 million pixels into a 15.4-inch display; that is you will get stunning image clarity. The display features a resolution of 2880 x 1800 pixels. When it comes to contrast ratio, the Retina MacBook Pro is 29 percent better than a standard MacBook Pro screen. Rich IPS panel technology, 178-degree viewing angle and other features make the notebook an amazingly wonderful product, indeed.

    Intel Core i7 processor
    The entire MacBook Pro and MacBook Air 2012 upgrades come with the fastest mobile quad-core processor, Intel Ivy Bridge Core i7. It is the chip that provides strength for the new MacBook Pro 15-inch as well. The state-of-the-art 22nm Ivy Bridge processor delivers dazzling performance for the notebook. The processor promises speeds up to 2.7GHz and 6MB of shared L3 cache for the notebook. Running high-end programs like Final Cut Pro, Aperture and others will be not a task with the powerful processor inside the machine.

    Next generation Nvidia graphics
    To match with the Core i7 CPU, Apple has integrated next-gen Nvidia GeForce GT 650M GPU inside the notebook. The graphics card is based on the next version Kepler architecture with 1GB of video memory. Thanks to the advanced specs, the Retina notebook has 60 percent faster graphics performance than the former version of the notebook. The GPU is also able to provide sufficient power to drive the astonishing 5-million-pixel Retina display. Well, the Pro becomes a powerful machine for gaming and enjoying HD videos with thanks to the power graphics.

    OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion
    Apple demoed the new version of its operating system for Macs at WWDC 2012. The Mountain Lion is anticipated to go public sometime late this year. The Retina MacBook Pro and other Pro and MacBook Air versions have gone on sale with the current OS X 10.7 Lion. When the new version comes out, it will be available for free for the owners of the notebooks. The Mountain Lion will be known for its introduction of lots of iOS-inspired features such as an advanced Notification Center, Messages app, AirPlay Mirroring, iCloud and more.

    Ports and connections
    The Retina MacBook Pro sports an array of rich and high-performance ports for connectivity. It has two Thunderbolt ports, three USB 3.0 ports, an SDXC card slot and a HDMI port. Thunderbolt port is the fastest way to transfer data between two devices using a cable. For internet connectivity, you have Wi-Fi 802.11n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0 for wireless connectivity.

    Final thoughts
    In weeks after its announcement at WWDC 2012, Apple has brought the Retina MacBook Pro into stores. Apple sells the notebook with a huge price, however. Well, the Retina Display mounted MacBook Pro doesn’t come cheaper; you have to spend a minimum of $2,199 to get even the entry-level version of the machine. The Retina MacBook Pro certainly boasts the name that it is the first Apple computer to get the Retina Display, which is already on iPhone 4, 4S and the new iPad. Maybe, in future, we can expect Retina display on many more Apple products including MacBook Air series.

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