New MacBook Pro’s Retina Display Allows You To Switch Between Graphic Clarity And Mor

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    New MacBook Pro’s Retina Display Allows You To Switch Between Graphic Clarity And Mor



    Over at Anandtech, they’ve posted a fantastic first look at the MacBook Pro’s Retina display, which naturally confirms that Apple’s new laptop display is every bit as gorgeous and futuristic as we all think it is. What I was most interested in, however, was the new settings panel for the Retina display, which actually gives users the option to choose on-the-fly between having clearer graphics or more desktop space. What a great idea.




    Anandtech reports:

    If you’re like me however and opted for the 1680 x 1050 “high-res” upgrade last generation, this won’t do. Thankfully Apple offers 1680 x 1050 and 1920 x 1200 scaling options that trade a bit of image quality and performance for added real estate…

    Even at the non-integer scaled 1680 x 1050 setting, the Retina Display looks a lot better than last year’s high-res panel. It looks like Apple actually renders the screen at twice the selected resolution before scaling it to fit the 2880 x 1800 panel (in other words, at 1920 x 1200 Apple is rendering everything at 3840 x 2400 (!) before scaling – this is likely where the perf impact is seen, but I’m trying to find a way to quantify that now). Everything just looks better. I also appreciate how quick it is to switch between resolutions on OS X. When I’m doing a lot of work I prefer the 1920 x 1200 setting, but if I’m in content consumption mode I find myself happier at 1440 x 900 or 1680 x 1050.

    That sounds fantastic to me. As a writer with lots of windows open at once, I’ll usually favor more desktop space whenever possible. Since the MacBook Pro in full Retina mode handles 2880 x 1800 as if it were a super-crisp 1440 x 900, that’s not necessarily great for me, but if you can change between Retina graphics and more screen real estate on the fly… well!

    Otherwise, the MacBook Pro’s Retina display is a huge step up from the existing MacBook Pro display in every way, including in blacks, contrast ratios, response times and glare. I can’t wait to get my hands on one.


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    Apple Releases Trackpad Update For New Retina MacBook Pros



    Apple’s been releasing a surprising number of updates for their next-gen Retina MacBook Pros… all the odder given the fact that pretty much no one has one. We can only assume there are some software kinks that still need working out, which is why — following last night’s software update — Cupertino has just released a new update for the trackpad to “address an issue where the trackpad may not respond consistently to user input.”

    If you have a Retina MacBook Pro — which you almost definitely don’t — go grab it.


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    Brand New MacBook Pros Get Update




    You know those MacBook Pros that were announced today? Well, apparently there’s already an update out for them.

    As can be seen in the linked Apple Support web page, the MacBook Pro (Mid 2012) Software Update 1.0 is available now, in case, like, anyone owns one. Which they do not.

    According to the support site, “the update includes fixes that improve graphics stability, external display support, and USB 3 device support.” Which is fantastic for all those folks that bought one and are just wasting away without stable graphics or solid USB 3.0 abilities. Which, you know, they aren’t.

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    Apple switches from AMD to NVIDIA with next-generation MacBook Pro

    With the announcement of its next-generation MacBook Pro at WWDC on Monday, Apple showed its intent to move away from discrete AMD Radeon video cards to new Kepler-based silicon from NVIDIA.


    While Apple's entire laptop lineup saw minor refreshes on Monday, the company's 15-inch MacBook Pros received a significant across-the-line graphics upgrade to NVIDIA's newest GeForce GT 650M GPU, proving May rumors of a supplier switch to be true.

    The implementation of the new card is unlike Apple's traditional tiered offerings which gave customers the option of choosing between a number of different GPU models. As of Monday's refresh the only available card is the GeForce GT 650M with memory configurations being dependent on which CPU is selected.

    For example, the carry-over 15-inch MacBook Pro with an upgraded 2.3GHz Ivy Bridge processor comes with a non-configurable GT650M with 512MB of memory while the same model with a 2.6GHz CPU is fitted with a GT650M with 1GB of addressable RAM. Both versions of the top-of-the-line "next generation" MacBook Pro include the latter configuration as the standard outfit most likely because of the incredible amount of power needed to drive the Retina Display.

    NVIDIA's new notebook GPU, based on next-generation Kepler architecture, is highly efficient and can power the 5,184,000 pixels in the MacBook's 2,880 by 1,800 pixel Retina Display without forcing users to plug in when in discrete graphics mode.


    NVIDIA's GeForce GT 650M notebook GPU is set to power Apple's 15-inch MacBook Pro lineup.



    When Apple launched its first Intel-based MacBook in 2006 the unit included a graphics card made by ATI, the company responsible for a majority video cards used in Apple's legacy PowerPC machines.

    The Ontario-based company was purchased by Intel rival AMD by the end of 2006 and subsequent Macs were using NVIDIA cards by the next year. AMD ultimately killed off the ATI moniker and now markets the GPUs under the Radeon name.

    Apple went on to use integrated Intel designs as well as NVIDIA's own chipset in 2008, but returned to the Radeon series in early 2011.

    Interestingly, Apple's move away from NVIDIA came at the tail end of an Intel and NVIDIA patent dispute that saw the graphics chip maker halt production for a short period of time at the end of 2009. The tiff was ultimately settled in January 2011 for $1.5 billion.

    Monday's announcement signals both a return to NVIDIA silicon and a new marketing strategy for Apple as only one card, the GeForce GT 650M, will be used on MacBook Pro models that feature discrete graphics. Apple will continue to use the Intel HD integrated chipset family which has become the default graphics baseline for all MacBooks from the Air to the Pro.

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    iMovie updated to support Apple's Retina display MacBook Pro

    Apple on Tuesday updated its consumer video editing application iMovie to version 9.0.6, adding support for the new Retina display next-generation MacBook Pro.


    The updated iMovie is now available (iTunes link) for download in the Mac App Store. In addition to enhancements for the MacBook Pro Retina display, it also includes general stability and compatibility improvements.

    The 1.26 gigabyte download also adds language support for Catalan, Croatian, Czech, Greek, Hungarian, Romanian, Slovak, Thai, Turkish and Ukranian. It requires OS X 10.7.4 or later.

    iMovie joins a host of other applications that were also updated with Retina display support on Monday, New versions of Final Cut Pro, Aperture and iPhoto were rolled out to accommodate the new high-resolution screen on Apple's next-generation MacBook Pro.





    Also on Tuesday, Apple issued an update for the new MacBook Pro with Retina display in the form of "Trackpad Update 1.0." The 1.26 megabyte download addresses an issue where the trackpad may not respond consistently to user input. It is recommended for all MacBook Pro with Retina display notebooks.

    Another update for the Retina display MacBook Pro was issued by Apple on Monday, named "Software UPdate 1.0." That 1.06 gigabyte download includes fixes that improve graphics stability, external display support, and USB 3 device support.

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    Apple brings Retina Display support to Final Cut Pro, Aperture, iPhoto

    Updates for Apple's Final Cut Pro, Aperture and iPhoto rolled out on Monday to accommodate the high-resolution Retina Display of the next generation MacBook Pro.


    A number of Apple's in-house apps will be the first ready to take advantage of the high pixel density Retina Display MacBook Pro announced on Monday, with the company focusing on graphics-intensive titles like Final Cut Pro, Aperture and iPhoto.

    Final Cut Pro 10.0.5

    Apple's flagship video editing software get a slight update with overall stability improvements and enhancements for the 15-inch Retina Display MacBook Pro. The latest version is available through the Mac App Store.

    Aperture

    The Mac maker's professional-level photo editing and management software gets a boost to version 3.3 which brings Retina Display capabilities and a host of new features like an iPhoto-unified photo library that requires no import or export to Aperture. Also added to the Adjustments panel is a new Auto Enhance button that gives users an option for easy one-click fixes.

    From the release notes:

    What's New in Version 3.3

    • New unified photo library for both iPhoto (v 9.3 or later) and Aperture; no import/export required; Faces, Places, slideshows, albums and web sharing work across both applications
    • Support for AVCHD video has been added
    • Aperture now lets you use camera-generated previews for faster browsing of RAW files immediately after import
    • Highlights & Shadows tool has been updated to deliver higher-quality results and work with extended range data
    • A new Auto Enhance button has been added to the Adjustments panel
    • White Balance tool now includes Skin Tone and Natural Gray modes to simplify color balance
    • Auto button has been added to the White Balance tool for one-click color balancing
    • Set Desktop command has been added to Share menu so you can set a desktop background from within Aperture
    • A new Manual option allows you to drag and drop projects to customize sort order in the Projects view
    • New preference allows you to set the background brightness of the full screen browser
    • Facebook, Flickr, and MobileMe albums are now displayed as thumbnails in the main window when accounts are selected in the source list
    • Minor terminology changes, including "Original" instead of "Master" and "Info" instead of "Metadata"
    • Source list includes a new "Recent" section, showing Last Import and recently-viewed projects
    • Raw Fine Tuning is no longer displayed in the Adjustments panel by default
    • Faces can now be named by dragging them from the Unnamed Faces browser to existing snapshots on the corkboard
    • The Faces corkboard now includes a menu that allows you to set the order of face snapshots
    • Newly designed monochrome source list and toolbar icons
    • Addresses numerous issues related to overall performance and stability


    The update is recommended for all Aperture 3 users and can be found through the Mac App Store.

    iPhoto 9.3

    Apple's consumer-level photo management app gets access to the unified Aperture photo library as well as AVCHD video support along with Retina Display compatibility.

    From the release notes:

    What's New in Version 9.3

    • iPhoto can now open libraries from Aperture 3.3 or later
    • AVCHD video is now supported
    • The Description field now automatically expands as needed when entering text
    • You can now flag a photo in Magnify (1-up) view by clicking a Flag icon displayed in the upper left corner of the photo
    • Keywords and titles are now preserved when exporting files with embedded GPS location data
    • A new Export option allows you to automatically organize exported photos into subfolders by event

    Version 9.3 of iPhoto is recommended for all users of iPhoto '11 and can be downloaded through the Mac App Store.


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    Apple’s First Ad For The New MacBook Pro: “Every Dimension” [Video]




    Introducing the radical new MacBook Pro. With breakthrough performance, stunning Retina display and an impossibly thin design, it’s innovation in every dimension.

    Apple has aired its first ad for the new MacBook Pro with Retina Display. “Every Dimension” has hit the airwaves, and the 30-second spot has also been uploaded to Apple’s YouTube account.

    The ad features the MacBook Pro performing ‘pro’ tasks like intense photo and video editing.

    To compliment the new MacBook Pro, Apple has also uploaded a 5-minute video detailing OS X Mountain Lion’s new features.




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    Teardown of Retina MacBook Pro Finds Low Repairability with Custom Components

    Following yesterday's teaser teardown of the updated MacBook Air, iFixit has now given Apple's new Retina MacBook Pro the same treatment.





    Apple of course showed off a fair bit of the machines internals during the keynote in order to promote all of the innovations included inside, but iFixit's teardown still provides an interesting hands-on look at the internals.

    Unsurprisingly, the Retina MacBook Pro is not designed to be user-accessible, with the slim form factor requiring a number of proprietary components that are designed and assembled for maximum space efficiency rather than upgradeability and repairability. This has resulted in iFixit dubbing the machine "the least repairable laptop we’ve taken apart".

    Taking a number of cues from the MacBook Air, the new MacBook Pro uses RAM soldered directly onto the logic board, as well as custom solid-state drives that include a new connector incompatible with existing third-party drives on the market.


    Front of Retina MacBook Pro logic board with CPU (orange), NVIDIA graphics (red), and RAM (green)



    Apple has even taken to gluing the large battery into the body of the Retina MacBook Pro, with iFixit ultimately giving up on trying to remove it for fear of puncturing a battery cell. The glued-in battery pack also covers the trackpad cable, making it nearly inaccessible and susceptible to damage if users attempt to remove the battery.

    Otherwise, the internals of the Retina MacBook Pro are fairly straightforward, with a large and densely-packed logic board with left-side ports integrated, a separate I/O board for the right-side ports, the asymmetric fan touted by Apple, and custom speaker assemblies.

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