MacBook Pro with retina display is quad-core, 18mm thick

Apple's unveiled its 'next generation' MacBook Pro, with a retina display and a shockingly thin frame.

Those hoping for a retina display MacBook at this year's WWDC are in luck -- Apple's taken the wrapper off its 'next generation' MacBook Pro, packing a display with a stonkingly high resolution and a shockingly thin frame.

It's out today and starts at £1,799, with the price rising if you opt for more memory and storage.

The 15.4-inch next-generation MacBook Pro has a display with a 2,800x1,800-pixel resolution, making for a pixel density of 220 pixels per inch. I haven't had the chance to go eyes-on yet, but Apple says that individual pixels can't be discerned when you're looking at this display from a normal distance.

Glare reduction is on board too, which should help this machine fight annoying reflections. 

The body is a mere 18mm thick, making this machine very nearly as slim as the MacBook Air. Unlike the Air, however, the new MacBook Pro is flat, rather than sporting a wedge shape.

It weighs a little over 2kg, which is impressively light for a 15-inch laptop, and should make this machine a decent choice if you lug your tech around with you all day.

It's not quite as portable as the Air, but this Mac packs a lot more power than Apple's ultra-slim option.

Up to 2.7GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 processors are in play, backed by up to 16GB of RAM, which is a lot of memory. A tonne of flash storage is on board too -- you can get up to 768GB of flash storage, and graphics are handled by Nvidia GeForce GT 650M 1GB.

There are a lot of ports here too, including some Apple's shied away from in the past. Expect HDMI, two Thunderbolt ports and USB 3.0 connectivity. Oh, there's an SD card slot too.

Impressive stuff -- I'm keen to get my mitts on Apple's latest effort to see how powerful it really is. Are you keen? Say so in the comments or on our Facebook wall.

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