Mobility RulesBy Don Reisinger | Posted 06-14-2012
Theyre Not All Retina
The Retina display is not included in all models of the new MacBook Pro. In fact, only one model features the coveted screen.
Apple made clear at WWDC12 that mobility matters most when it comes to the MacBook Pro. For your highly mobile workers, the Retina display-equipped Mac will be highly attractive, measuring mere 0.71 inches thin.
The 13-inch MacBook Pro come with either 2.5GHz or 2.9GHz dual-core processors. The 15-inch MacBook Pro boast 2.3GHz or 2.6GHz quad-core chips. Add that to 4GB or 8GB of RAM and serious amounts of storage, and it's easy to see why the MacBook Pro is so popular.
The prices for Apple's 13-inch MacBook Pro range from $1,199 to $1,499. The 15-inch MacBook Pro goes for $1,799 to $2,799, depending on the display you choose.
No More 17-inch Option
Apple unceremoniously dropped the 17-inch MacBook Pro from its product lineup. There's a chance that it might come back, of course, but if you need something larger than a 15-inch screen, you won't find it from Apple.
Flash Storage Is Built-In
While the standard 13-inch and 15-inch MacBook Pros feature built-in optical disk drives, the Retina display-equipped model drops the drive and boasts between 256GB and 512GB of Flash storage out of the box instead.
Mountain Lion Doesnt Come Bundled
Apple's OS X Mountain Lion launches next month. So, if you're looking to buy a MacBook Pro right now it's worth noting that the new OS is not included. Apple will, of course, bundle Mountain Lion in the MacBook Pros after the operating system launches, but until then, expect to find Lion on the devices.
According to Apple, its MacBook Pros will offer seven hours of battery life. Although that might have been quite good just a couple of years ago, nowadays, that's about average. Apple likes to tout its advances in battery lives, but it's about time it starts boosting that figure even higher.
It's hard not to be impressed by the sheer number of connectivity options available on the MacBook Pro. From Thunderbolt ports to USB 3.0, just about all of the latest technologies have found their way to the computers.