The new Apple MacBook Pro for 2012 is a revamp in design of the popular performance oriented system. The new 15.6” MBP is an amazing 0.71-inches thin and weighs just 4.46lbs, that thickness is not a whole lot different from the MacBook Air but it packs a ton more performance inside. The processor will be Intel’s Core i7 Ivy Bridge with up to Quad Core i7 2.70GHz and graphic processing will be handled by the Nvidia 650M, which is part of the new Kepler lineup. In terms of ports, you get HDMI, USB 3.0, USB 2.0, two ThunderBolt ports, headphone jack and SD card reader. There is no Ethernet port, but there is a ThunderBolt to Ethernet port coming soon. The big news however is the fact that you can get up a 2880 x 1800 resolution “Retina Display” on the 15” version of the MacBook Pro. That’s by far the highest resolution offered on any laptop on the market, the next highest is Full HD 1920 x 1080, so the Retina Display is in a league of its own at the top there.
Apple is also claiming that the SSD (Flash Storage) inside the MacBook Pro is much faster with up to 500MBPs read speed. The storage capacity will be up to 768GB, which is huge for an SSD. The MBP gets a new venting system, it will use what Apple is calling “fan blades” to help keep noise down and the system more quiet. The more quiet fans should help enhance the improved speakers Apple is claiming they have put inside. Despite all the changes and speed improvements, battery life will still come in at 7 hours, which is pretty remarkable for such a fully loaded system. The availability starts today for this new 15” MacBook Pro that Apple is calling their flagship notebook.