The MacBook, for a long time, has been
known for its affinity with professional photographers for its editor-friendly
softwares, as well as its powerful processors. Recently, Macbook got a major
facelift with Apple’s integration of the famous Retina Display into its famous Pro
series. The notebook features what Apple is calling, the new Retina technology,
which provides a resolution of 2880 x
1800, nearly four times of that of a normal screen.
It’s especially handy when it comes to
processing photographs, as the resolution is at par with what the camera churns
out when shooting in RAW. Special upgrades have been made to RAW image
processing softwares like Adobe Photoshop and Apple Aperture (in Mountain Lion),
to accommodate the higher resolution, as this is the first time someone has
introduced so much resolution in a computer.
Apple also claims that they have reduced
the glare on the display by 75 per cent. How accurate that is remains to be
seen. Apple has also had to customize a lot of its own applications to keep up
with the Retina Display, like iTunes, iPhoto, Facetime, etc. A lot of third party applications and games,
like Diablo III, are also introducing fixes to accommodate Retina. You might
have to wait for a little while before all your necessary third party
applications are customized.
One problem with the Retina Display is
its battery consumption. As the Retina Display takes up considerably more
amount of power than the previous model, Apple scrapped off the big hard drive
and replaced it with flash memory, to make way for a bigger 95 watt hour
battery, compared to the previous, 77.5 watt hour battery. Apple claims that
the battery life will not be much different from the previous model, which
again, will be seen once it is launched. All in all, even though MacBooks have never
really needed much recommendation or advertising, the enthusiastic, tech-savvy Indian consumer
will still have to wait for a while to get a hold of that shiny, slim Pro in their hands, as there hasn’t been any official announcement on the date on the launch yet.
Other than that, the new 15-inch MacBook
is also lighter than the previous version. The machine’s aluminum body design
weighs about 4.46 pounds, 1.1 pounds lighter than the previous one, and is 0.71
inches thick, which is just about as thick as a MacBook Air. The machine is
packed with a heavy, 2.3 GHz quad-core i7 processor, Nvidia GeForce GT 650M graphics with 1GB of
video memory, 8GB of 1600
MHz RAM, and 256GB of flash storage.