2012 MacBook Pro with Retina; Air-alike; release date: end-June

The 2012 MacBook Pro with Retina has a more Air-like body and an iPad-like display. Its release date is in "2-3 weeks," according to Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL). In IT Blogwatch, bloggers blog WWDC 2012.

2012 MacBook Pro with Retina (Apple)

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Jonny Evans drools:

Tim Cook and marketing head honcho, Phil Schiller...[is] taking the wraps off of its new range of updated notebooks...the Pro series laptops...[now come] with Ivy Bridge processors, up to 60 percent faster graphics, 1GB video memory.

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[It] will boast a "magnificent new display" is thin (0.71-inches)...weighs 4.46Ibs...boasts a Retina Display (2,880-x-1,800 with 220PPI)...deliver up to 7 hours of wireless battery life.   
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Jason Snell got his hands on one:

[F]ans of the current 15-inch MacBook Pro will notice that this...is actually quite a bit thinner...a bit lighter, and slightly narrower.

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Gone is the optical drive, spinning hard drive, FireWire port, and Gigabit Ethernet...instead, it's all solid-state storage, Thunderbolt...USB 3...HDMI...[and] SD card reader.

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And then there's the display...there are four pixels for every one on the older display...offer[ing] incredibly smooth, clear text and images with startling detail. ... Developers will need to update their Mac apps to take advantage.   
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While iOS automatically renders text and many other standard UI elements at Retina resolution, many apps currently look distinctly blurry on the new MacBook Pro.

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If you're a Chrome user, you might find yourself switching to Safari for a while until Google issues an update.   
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And Anand Lal Shimpi tells us how it works:

2880 x 1800 [is] exactly double the standard 1440 x 900 resolution...[but] an ultra high resolution screen in a small form factor can make for some very difficult to read text. ... By default, the Retina MBP ships in a pixel doubled configuration. ... This configuration is the best looking, but you don't actually get any more desktop space.

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Apple offers five scaled settings including the default pixel doubled option. ... Selecting any of these options gives you [that] effective desktop resolution...but Apple actually renders the screen at a higher resolution and scales it to fit.   
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Meanwhile, Dan Ackerman, and Scott Stein release their inner fanbois:

[The] next-generation MacBook Pro [has]seemingly fused the best features of the...Air, Pro, and even the third-gen iPad into one product. ... [It] affords a mix of size and features that's absent in other Mac laptops: A quad-core processor in an Ultrabook-thin body. ... It was the clear highlight of the keynote.

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The screen looks amazing. Colors pop, images have great depth...the difference is unmistakable.

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The $2,799 version can be upgraded to a slightly faster 2.7GHz...processor (an extra $250), 16GB of RAM ($200), and 768GB of flash...($500). ... At first glance, the new Pro covers a lot of our wish-list...although you'll have to pay a pretty penny.   
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