Apple Announce first MacBook Pro with Retina display 10 years ago today

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“The MacBook Pro with Retina display pushes the limits of performance and portability like no other notebook,” said Apple CEO Tim Cook, in a press release announcing the new MacBook Pro. “With a gorgeous Retina display, all flash architecture and a radically thin and light design, the new MacBook Pro is the most advanced Mac we have ever built.” At the time it launched, Apple said the Retina MacBook Pro featured the world’s highest resolution notebook display, with 220 pixels per inch. The notebook was powered by Intel’s third-generation quad-core Core i7 processors, and equipped with NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M graphics, up to 16GB of RAM, and up to a 768GB SSD.

Apple announced the first MacBook Pro model with a higher-resolution Retina display on this day ten years ago. The 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro was unveiled at WWDC 2012 with a substantially smaller design than the previous generation, with Apple removing the built-in Ethernet connector, FireWire port, and CD/DVD drive. Two Thunderbolt ports, two USB-A connectors, an HDMI port, an SD card slot, MagSafe 2, and a headphone jack remained on the notebook.

Highlights

  • Quad core i7, 16GB RAM and an SSD means it’s still more than capable of dealing with everyday tasks… it can play a 60fps 4K video on YouTube without issue and even plays back 4K H265 files but having no decode/encoders, the fans ramp up immediately! MagSafe, built in SD Card reader, HDMI out, minidisplay port and USB3…! The only thing that lets it down is that, since installing opencore/Monterey, running it in 1920 “high” res makes it feel a little sluggish (graphically). But most of the time I’m at default unless there’s some specific work that needs lots of space.

  • Pricing for the first Retina MacBook Pro started at $2,199 in the United States. In October 2012, Apple announced a 13-inch MacBook Pro with a Retina display, which started at a lower price of $1,699. Both notebooks are now on Apple’s obsolete products list. Typing this on my 2012 rMBP and it’s still a great machine… the screen is still beautiful, bright, white and sharp. I was lucky that mine didn’t have the delaminating issue.

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