Apple announces next generation MacBook Pro, Retina Display, Ivy Bridge in tow

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Apple has just announced the newest version of the MacBook Pro, and it’s a doozy. The new iteration of the venerable 15-inch MacBook Pro will be equipped with Intel’s latest Core i7 processor (2.3GHz and 2.6GHz), 8GB of DDR3 memory and more importantly, will have Apple’s resolution busting Retina Display. You’re looking at a native resolution of  2880 x 1800 using the 15.4-inch IPS display. That Retina display is paired with Intel’s HD Graphics 4000 and NVIDIA’s GeForce GT 650M with 1GB of GDDR5 memory, which means the new MacBook Pro has the processing grunt to plow through most graphically intensive tasks while being able to run for 8 hours on a single charge. The MacBook Pro also only uses flash storage for storing everything, and users can choose between a 256GB or a 512GB version. The new MacBook Pro is only 18mm thick, and to be honest if this was just another notebook using Intel’s processor, we’d officially be calling it an ultrabook. Rounding up the specs sheet are multiple output ports, which include a 2USB 3.0 ports,  2 Thunderbolt sockets, full-size HDMI socket, a 3.5mm headphone port, plus a an SD card slot. Apple has pegged the price of the next generation Macbook Pro at $2199 (about Php 97,000) for the 2.3GHz, 256GB version, and $2799 (about Php 124,000) for the 2.6GHz, 512GB version. No word on availability of the new devices for the Philippines.

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