“This is it: The Chosen One of MacBook Pros. While other MBPs were gifted only the standard annual updates, this particular model was bestowed with a Retina display, a thinner profile, two Thunderbolt ports, a full sized HDMI port, and less annoying cooling fans. Apple claims that this is the ‘best computer Apple has ever made,'” Fixit reports.
“Apple may have already spilled the beans when it comes to what the inside of this MacBook Pro looks like, but we aren’t convinced,” Fixit reports. “Join us today as we set out to see what is so significant about this special MacBook Pro.”
What is it that’s got everyone in the tech world buzzing?
• 15.4″ LED-backlit Retina display with IPS with a resolution of 2880 x 1800 at 220ppi [over 5 million pixels!]
• Intel Ivy Bridge Core-i7 processor with Turbo Boost and Intel HD Graphics 4000
• 8 GB 1600 MHz DDR3L RAM
• NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M with 1 GB of GDDR5 VRAM
“The new display assembly design left no room for the usual ‘MacBook Pro’ logo on the slim bezel,” Fixit reports. “There’s plenty of room for the logo on the bottom of the computer, though. If no one believes that your computer is a real MacBook Pro, just pick it up and flip it over… The resolution of this display really is incredible. There’s no doubt that the cost to manufacture the Retina display is a big reason for the new MacBook Pro’s $2200 (starting) price tag.”
Fixit reports, “Proprietary pentalobe screws prevent you from gaining access to anything inside. As in the MacBook Air, the RAM is soldered to the logic board. Max out at 16GB now, or forever hold your peace—you can’t upgrade… The lithium-polymer battery is glued rather than screwed into the case”
Much more, and all of the excellent photos, in the full article here.
MacDailyNews Take: That is a beautiful machine, inside and out, but max out that RAM, people! It’s too bad we’ll have to pay Apple’s RAM prices. More bad news for third-party, better-priced Mac RAM dealers as Apple follows Steve Jobs’ vision of sealed, non-user-serviceable, absolutely gorgeous, high-performance machines.
[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Dan K.” and “Judge Bork” for the heads up.]