Alongside updated Ivy Bridge MacBook Air and MacBook Pro models, Apple is introducing a third member of its notebook lineup. This is the next generation MacBook Pro with Retina Display. It's priced at $2199 (8GB memory, 256GB SSD) and available starting today.

Internally the next-gen MacBook Pro features a 2.3GHz quad-core Core i7 CPU (likely Intel's i7-3615QM, turbo boost up to 3.3GHz, 6MB L3 cache). NVIDIA's Kepler based GeForce GT 650M comes standard with 1GB of memory. There's no 802.11ac support, the next-gen MacBook Pro features 3x3:3 802.11n and Bluetooth 4.0.

The new unibody shell is just 0.71-inches thick and weighs 4.46-lbs. The big feature of the next-gen MacBook Pro is its Retina Display. Available in one size configuration at 15.4-inches, the new panel is a 2880 x 1800 IPS model.  Apple is boasting up to a 75% reduction in glare and reflections. The display is now integrated into the unibody, allowing Apple to remove its cover glass.

The MacBook Pro with Retina Display ships with OS X Lion but features updated apps (Mail, iPhoto, iMovie, Safari) for proper DPI scaling to deal with the higher resolution display. Final Cut Pro and Aperture will also receive updates for Retina Display support.

Apps have to be updated to take advantage of the display, however pixel doubling is supported for scaling those that haven't been updated. 

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  • solipsism - Monday, June 11, 2012 - link

    If you'd actually look at the HW inside them you'd see they contain a lot very specific components designed by Apple for Apple. They even talked about several of them during today's keynote. Reply
  • B3an - Monday, June 11, 2012 - link

    ...Yet another smug cunt Apple user. Die of cancer please, just like Steve. Reply
  • Impulses - Monday, June 11, 2012 - link

    Cost seems apropiate to me, truth be told they could charge whatever the heck they want since for now they're the only ones pushing this high a resolution at 15".

    However, I'm very disappointed none of the other models got bumped up... In some cases it's out of Apple's hands, they can only ship what display makers build, but ASUS is about to start shipping 1080p displays at 11.6" & 13". Where's Apple's Air equivalent? No wonder they dropped the price.
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  • JimmyTheJ - Monday, June 11, 2012 - link

    That's 220.53 pixels per inch for those wondering. This is incredible! I gotta hand it to Apple for continuing their trend of improving screen resolution. It's one area where they are really having a great impact on the tech world. Reply
  • zappb - Monday, June 11, 2012 - link

    But they've killed 1920x1200 model and replaced it with retina 1440x900...is it better? Reply
  • EnzoFX - Monday, June 11, 2012 - link

    And they say Apple doesn't innovate. It's about bringing great tech to the masses, not really about who does it first or whatever. In this case, I think they're both? Reply
  • mcnabney - Monday, June 11, 2012 - link

    Pretty sure Apple doesn't develop, design, or manufacture display panels.

    Buying off-the-shelf parts isn't innovation.
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  • seapeople - Monday, June 11, 2012 - link

    Yes, because before Apple wanted them, there were all sorts of 15.4" 2880x1800 resolution panels out there waiting to be purchased. Heck, I just dropped by Sam's club a few weeks ago and picked a couple up to put in my Acer. Yep, no innovation by Apple here. Reply
  • rflynn88 - Monday, June 11, 2012 - link

    $2,199 base price Reply
  • bleh0 - Monday, June 11, 2012 - link

    This is a good product. Definitely out of my price range.

    Still wondering how close it will stick to "7 hours" in real world usage scenarios.
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