Apple announced the 0.7-inch-thick "next-generation MacBook Pro" this morning. And its marquee feature is a Retina Display, making this the first MacBook to get one.
Resolution: The display boasts a staggering pixel density of 2,880 by 1,800. That's 220 pixels per inch and a total 5.18 million pixels. And that beats the 2048-by-1536 resolution on the third-generation iPad.
Apple's Phil Schiller said it's the world's highest-resolution notebook display. He's certainly right if he's talking about 15-inch laptops.
Screen: Higher contrast ratios, better viewing angles via IPS technology, and 75 percent less glare, even though it's a glossy screen, according to Schiller. And note that this is the first MacBook that has an IPS (in-plane switching) screen. iPads and standalone monitors have IPS tech but not the Pros -- to date.
Graphics engine: Nvidia is back in the Mac. This time Apple has tapped Nvidia's leading-edge 28-nanometer graphics processing unit (GPU) tech in the form of the Nvidia "Kepler" GPU, the GeForce GT 650M. The 650M has a total of 384 "shader cores" (image processor cores). "The gaming performance of the GeForce GT 650M equipped with DDR3 graphics memory lies somewhere in the former 2011 high-end category between the GeForce GTX 460M and GTX 560M," says Notebookcheck.
Other hardware: Quad-core Intel "Ivy Bridge" processors, up to 2.7GHz. Up to 16GB of 1600MHz RAM. Schiller noted that this is needed to drive the display. Battery life is up to 7 hours with 30 days of standby time.