Apple MacBook Pro with Retina Display

  • 15.4"
  • 2.7 GHz Quad core
  • 8 GB
  • 512 GB SSD
Released June, 2012
Think about it this way: where the Retina "best" setting fits each pixel of a 1280 x 800 image perfectly onto four pixels of a 2560 x 1600 screen, each pixel of a 1440 x 900 image fits imperfectly onto 3.6 pixels of the display, so it’s a little bit blurrier.
Rated 78% by by The Verge (Nov, 2012)

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Features Key features of the Apple MacBook Pro with Retina Display

Front view of Apple MacBook Pro with Retina Display
Its resolution is 2,880x1,800 pixels, providing a level of detail never seen on a laptop before.
Rated 86% by by c|net (Oct, 2013)

screen size

15.4"
18.4"
13.3"
The Apple MacBook Pro 15-inch with Retina Display is a superb laptop, but for some it’s just a little too big and heavy.
MacBook Pro with Retina Display by TrustedReviews (Aug, 2013)
Not only is everything incredibly sharp with nary a pixel to be seen, but because the panel is of the IPS rather than TN variety, viewing angles are also as close to perfect as laptops get.
MacBook Pro with Retina Display by TrustedReviews (Aug, 2013)

screen resolution

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Its 5.18 million pixels is quadruple the resolution of last-generation’s baseline 1440 x 900 MacBook Pro, and even a huge leap over the previous "high-res" option at 1680 x 1050.
MacBook Pro with Retina Display by The Verge (Jun, 2012)
You can set the resolution to a maximum of 1680 x 1050, but it makes text squint-inducingly tiny, and since the display can't pack an even number of pixels into that resolution things look a little blurrier as well.
MacBook Pro with Retina Display by The Verge (Oct, 2013)

cpu speed

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1.7 GHz

1.7 GHz
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Stepping up to the $2,799 model will get you a faster 2.6-GHz CPU and a whopping 512GB of storage.
MacBook Pro with Retina Display by LaptopMag (Jun, 2012)
You're looking at $250 to get a 2.7-GHz CPU, $200 for 16GB of RAM, and $500 for 768GB of flash memory.
MacBook Pro with Retina Display by LaptopMag (Jun, 2012)

processor

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At a starting price of $2,199, the Retina MacBook Pro is in a different tier of product than other recently spec-bumped Airs and Pros, but it also offers a mix of design and features that can't be duplicated in other Mac laptops: a quad-core processor in a body that's svelte (but not quite ultrabook-thin), discrete graphics, a super high-res display, and - new to any MacBook - HDMI.
MacBook Pro with Retina Display by c|net (Oct, 2013)
The 13-inch Retina Pro starts at $1,299, and you get standard-for-an-ultrabook specs: 128GB of flash storage, 4GB of RAM, and a 2.4GHz dual-core fourth-gen Core i5 processor.
MacBook Pro with Retina Display by c|net (Oct, 2013)

memory

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8 GB

4 GB
16 GB
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Either way, it’s backed by 8GB of RAM, which we feel is an excellent base-line for a laptop this powerful – and one that’s not upgradeable.
MacBook Pro with Retina Display by TrustedReviews (Jul, 2012)
That’s it, forever: neither is easily upgradeable, and you can’t order a 13-inch with 16GB of RAM as you can with the 15-inch Pro.
MacBook Pro with Retina Display by The Verge (Nov, 2012)
 

Performance Real world tests of Apple MacBook Pro with Retina Display

battery life

7 hour
10.5 hour
10 hour
You want long battery life and a slim build, gaming's all but out the window.
MacBook Pro with Retina Display by The Verge (Oct, 2013)
That compares favorably to the Air, which gets close to 7 hours on our test and usually runs for about 5.5 to 6 hours in daily use, and it’s much better than the 15-inch Retina Pro, which only ran for 5 hours in our test.
MacBook Pro with Retina Display by The Verge (Nov, 2012)
 

Our analysis How does it stack up against its top 10 competitors

pros

  • 0.1 ms (SSD)
  • 2880 x 1800
  • 220 ppi
  • 2.7 GHz
  • 7 hour
  • the screen is large enough to display 1080p video without scaling
  • Jun, 2012
  • SDXC
  • 24 Mbit/s (Bluetooth v4.0)
  • 572 MB/s (USB 3.0)

cons

  • 15.4"
  • 512 GB

Reviews Word on the street

Rated 89%
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Rated 91%
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Rated 78%
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Rated 90%
Read the review (Jun, 2012)
Apple sells a MagSafe-to-MagSafe 2 convertor that’ll let you use your old 85W brick, but as of this writing, there’s nothing to help original MagSafe-compatible MacBooks work with the new adaptors.
Rated 80%
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Rated 90%
Read the review (Jul, 2012)
As you would expect on a high-end laptop aimed as much at content creation as consumption, the 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina gives you a choice of the latest-gen Intel Core i5 or i7 processors.
Rated 86%
Read the review (Oct, 2013)
This is the biggest change to the Pro's aesthetics since it adopted the now-familiar aluminum unibody construction in 2008.

Screen

By default, we were mirroring our own display (which subsequently letterboxed the laptop screen into a 16:9 aspect ratio), but it can also work as an independent second display with its own color profile.
Apple MacBook Pro with Retina Display 15.4", 2.7 GHz, 8 GB, 512 GB SSD | Rated 90% by by The Verge (Jun, 2012)
The MacBook Pro with Retina display is already a decent value in its first generation — for an Apple computer, anyhow — and as with the MacBook Air, we expect later generations will become more compelling in price.
Apple MacBook Pro with Retina Display 15.4", 2.7 GHz, 8 GB, 512 GB SSD | Rated 90% by by The Verge (Jun, 2012)
One day we’ll sit around campfires, drinking moonshine and telling our children nightmare tales of visible pixels and display resolutions under 200ppi.
Apple MacBook Pro with Retina Display 15.4", 2.7 GHz, 8 GB, 512 GB SSD | Rated 78% by by The Verge (Nov, 2012)

Resolution

Consider it Apple’s version of an ultra-high-resolution ultrabook with vamped-up processing, or the thicker Retina Air you’ve always wanted.
Apple MacBook Pro with Retina Display 15.4", 2.7 GHz, 8 GB, 512 GB SSD | Rated 86% by by c|net (Oct, 2013)
The 2880 x 1800 pixels will definitely come in handy when editing RAW photos in apps such as Aperture and the new Photoshop, both of which have been optimized for the increased resolution.
Apple MacBook Pro with Retina Display 15.4", 2.7 GHz, 8 GB, 512 GB SSD | by LaptopMag (Jun, 2012)
Now that this very high-resolution screen technology has come to the iPhone, iPad, and MacBook Pro, it's something of an Apple staple, and future products will have to at least consider including it.
Apple MacBook Pro with Retina Display 15.4", 2.7 GHz, 8 GB, 512 GB SSD | Rated 86% by by c|net (Oct, 2013)

Storage

You can also upgrade to 512GB of storage and a 2.6GHz processor for $1,699, and there are configurations up to 1TB of storage and 16GB of RAM.
Apple MacBook Pro with Retina Display 15.4", 2.7 GHz, 8 GB, 512 GB SSD | Rated 89% by by The Verge (Oct, 2013)
That’s the sweet-spot level most people will want - and, considering how hard it is to upgrade RAM and storage on these slimmed-down Retina Pros, you’ll want to consider this choice quite seriously.
Apple MacBook Pro with Retina Display 15.4", 2.7 GHz, 8 GB, 512 GB SSD | Rated 86% by by c|net (Oct, 2013)
For us, it’s the Retina display for sure — the only way we'd recommend a standard 15-inch Pro right now is if you have a strict sub-$1,800 budget or really value the extra HDD storage space or DVDs.
Apple MacBook Pro with Retina Display 15.4", 2.7 GHz, 8 GB, 512 GB SSD | Rated 90% by by The Verge (Jun, 2012)

Harddrive

So in a nutshell, Apple has significantly raised the base performance bar by giving every model of its MacBook Pro 15 inch with Retina Display 8GB or RAM, 256GB of Flash storage and relatively powerful dedicated graphics.
Apple MacBook Pro with Retina Display 15.4", 2.7 GHz, 8 GB, 512 GB SSD | Rated 90% by by TrustedReviews (Jul, 2012)
This is definitely one of the fastest solid state drives we've tested.
Apple MacBook Pro with Retina Display 15.4", 2.7 GHz, 8 GB, 512 GB SSD | by LaptopMag (Oct, 2012)
The default 256GB of solid-state storage is close enough to mainstream size for me, but digital packrats will want the 512GB option, part of an upgraded base model that starts at $2,799.
Apple MacBook Pro with Retina Display 15.4", 2.7 GHz, 8 GB, 512 GB SSD | Rated 86% by by c|net (Oct, 2013)

Size

It made sense to introduce a 15-inch laptop with its by now signature high-res IPS displays first, as that is still the most popular laptop size.
Apple MacBook Pro with Retina Display 15.4", 2.7 GHz, 8 GB, 512 GB SSD | Rated 80% by by TrustedReviews (Aug, 2013)
The Air weighs just 3 pounds, making it better suited for cramped airline trays, but the new Pro is certainly portable enough for travel.
Apple MacBook Pro with Retina Display 15.4", 2.7 GHz, 8 GB, 512 GB SSD | by LaptopMag (Jun, 2012)
It provides desktop-replacement-level performance, but is nearly as slim as an imagined 15-inch MacBook Air would be, even if it's a little heavier than it looks.
Apple MacBook Pro with Retina Display 15.4", 2.7 GHz, 8 GB, 512 GB SSD | Rated 86% by by c|net (Oct, 2013)

Editions Editions of the Apple MacBook Pro with Retina Display

Price Edition Resolution Internal storage PPI Manufacturer code Compare
2560 x 1600 128 GB 232 ppi Unknown
 
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2560 x 1600 768 GB 232 ppi Unknown
 
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2880 x 1800 256 GB 220 ppi MC975LL/A
 
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2880 x 1800 512 GB 220 ppi MC976LL/A
 
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