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Apple MacBook Pro with Retina Display

Apple MacBook Pro with Retina Display
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Apple MacBook Air (13-inch, Summer 2012)

Apple MacBook Air (13-inch, Summer 2012)
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Editors' choice 4.0 stars Excellent
    Overall score: 8.4 (4.0 stars)
Editors' choice 4.0 stars Excellent
    Overall score: 8.4 (4.0 stars)
Average user rating 3.5 stars out of 48 reviews 3.5 stars out of 20 reviews
Release date June 11, 2012 June 11, 2012
The Bottom Line The newly redesigned MacBook Pro with Retina Display combines an amazing screen with just enough of the MacBook Air design to feel like a new animal, and to take its place as the best of the current MacBook breed. This year's MacBook Air opts for gradual improvements rather than anything revolutionary, but lowered prices continue to make it the go-to mainstream recommendation for any MacBook owner-to-be.

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Product Description Apple MacBook Pro MacBook Pro with Retina Display - 15.6 in - 3rd Gen Core i7 - 8 GB RAM - 256 GB
- Apple OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion SSD
Apple MacBook Air MacBook Air (13 in, Summer 2012) - 13.3 in - 3rd Gen Core i5 - Apple Mac OS X Mountain Lion - 4 GB RAM - 128 GB
Flash storage SSD
Packaged Quantity 1
1
Software Included Apple iCal
Apple QuickTime
Apple iTunes
Apple Spotlight
Drivers & Utilities
Apple Address Book
Apple Safari
Apple Mac App Store
Apple Launchpad
Apple Mission Control
Apple FaceTime
Apple iLife
Apple Time Machine
Apple Quick Look
Photo Booth
Apple Mac OS X Mail
Apple Versions
Apple AirDrop
Apple Auto Save
Apple Resume
Apple iCal
Apple QuickTime
Apple iTunes
Apple Spotlight
Drivers & Utilities
Apple Address Book
Apple iLife '11
Apple Safari
Apple Mac App Store
Apple Launchpad
Apple Mission Control
Apple FaceTime
Apple Time Machine
Apple Quick Look
Photo Booth
Apple Mac OS X Mail
Apple Versions
Apple AirDrop
Apple Auto Save
Apple Resume
Battery up to 7 hour(s)
up to 7 hour(s)
System Type Notebook
Notebook
Display 15.6 in
LED backlight 2880 x 1800
13.3 in
LED backlight 1440 x 900 / WXGA+
Graphics NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M / Intel HD Graphics 4000 - 1 GB GDDR5 SDRAM
Intel HD Graphics 4000
Operating System Apple OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion
Apple Mac OS X Mountain Lion
Storage 256 GB
SSD
128 GB
Flash storage SSD
Dimensions (WxDxH) 14.1 in x 9.7 in x 0.7 in
12.8 in x 8.94 in x 0.68 in
Weight 4.46 lbs
2.96 lbs
Networking 802.11n None
Bluetooth 4.0
802.11n None
Bluetooth 4.0
Optical Drive None
None
Processor Intel 3rd Gen Core i7 2.3 GHz
3 ( 3.4 GHz ) / 6 MB Cache
Intel 3rd Gen Core i5 1.8 GHz
( 2.8 GHz ) / 3 MB Cache
Memory 8 GB
DDR3L SDRAM
4 GB
DDR3L SDRAM
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