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WWDC: “Next Generation” MacBook Pro Even Thinner, Includes Retina Display

Posted on June 11, 2012 AT 11:12am

That slick “retina display” that iPhone and iPad gamers have been enjoying for the last couple years is finally heading to your Mac laptops. As announced at WWDC by Phil Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of world marketing, the new MacBook Pro line not only boasts a brilliant new display, but it’s thinner than the average human finger.

At 0.71 inches thin and 4.46 pounds light, the new MacBook Pro inches closer to the MacBook Air in terms of slim design, which may give plenty of Mac gamers a genuine crisis of choice when thinking about portability.

As far as the retina display, the 2012 MacBook Pro now can display a pixel resolution of 2880 x 1880. Schiller illustrated the improvement further by listing off the various photo and video applications that would benefit from the new display, stopping to reference Diablo III at one point.

Here’s the maximum specs available on the new MacBook Pro line, which also ships today:

  • Up to 2.7GHz quad-core i7
  • Up to 16GB of RAM
  • Up to 768GB of storage
  • USB 3.0, HDMI, and SD support

Any of you Mac gamers feeling the pinch in your pocketbook yet? Just when you think the MacBook Air is the most attractive option, the MacBook Pro just pretties itself up and loses quite a few inches around the waist.

McKinley Noble, Contributing Editor
McKinley Noble has been writing about video games for seven years as a blogger and journalist, with each job adding to his painstakingly alphabetized collection of retro gaming memorabilia. When not cracking jokes about the gaming industry, he's a talking encyclopedia when it comes to mixed martial arts and anything MMA related. Follow him on Twitter: @KenTheGreat1. Meet the rest of the crew.

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