Apple All Set To Launch Retina Display 2012 MacBook Pros With USB 3.0 And Thinner Form Factor
Apple is preparing to update their MacBook Pro lineup this year and today 9to5Mac posted a detailed piece on Apple’s 2012 MacBook Pro update. According to Mark, Apple is indeed planning to add Retina display in their upcoming MacBook Pros. References of Retina images were found in Mac OS X Lion and beta builds OS X Mountain Lion as well but no solid information was available regarding a Retina display MacBook until today.
Sources familiar with software strings left behind in OS X Lion 10.7.4 and Mountain Lion betas say that this Retina Display MacBook Pro features multiple Retina resolution modes, so users are able to adjust the sharpness and image sizes to their liking. Unlike Mac display settings of today, these Retina Display settings will not be marked with numbers/resolution sizes, but with descriptions such as big, small, or optimal, according to these software-based findings.
How To Arena reported about thinner MacBook Pros almost two months ago, according to our sources upcoming MacBook Pro would be “thicker than MacBook Air but thinner than currently available MacBook Pros”. Mark’s report also shares the very same information, according to his sources Apple is going after a thinner form factor which is not like MacBook Airs at all but it’s more like Apple’s current aluminum unibody MacBook Pros. It is also mentioned in the report that Apple would kill Ethernet port in upcoming MacBook Pros in case you need an Ethernet port you can purchase it.
With the introduction of MacBook Air Apple slowly started to drift away from optical drives. The company has a firm belief that Mac App Store is enough for users to get everything they want on MacBooks. If you still need an optical drive you can purchase Apple’s USB optical drive which was introduced along with MacBook Air.
2012 MacBook Pros would be processing powerhouses, with Intel’s latest Core i5 and Core i7 Ivy Bridge processors MacBook Pros would perform 3X faster than Sandy Bridge equipped 2011 MacBook Pros. USB 3.0 is finally making its way to Macs, according to sources Apple is planning to introduce faster USB 3.0 ports in upcoming MacBook Pros. Remember that Ivy Bridge comes with USB 3.0 support out of the box. USB 3.0 would allow user to transfer data faster than ever.
However, there is no word on expected release date. Our sources who were accurate about thinner form factor gave us an estimated launch date of April but that didn’t happen so we’re now expecting them June – July near WWDC 2012.
We will keep you updated on this, stay tuned!