First Look: Apple's New MacBook Lineup

Apple rolled out major upgrades for both of its main notebooks today at WWDC. Here's a quick look at the new MacBook Pro and MacBook Air.

The next generation of MacBooks

New screens, new processors, new browsers – there’s a lot of new stuff in the updated MacBook lineup, which was announced at Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference today in San Francisco.

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A Brief History of the Apple MacBook Family

Retina display

Apple brought its much-ballyhooed Retina display technology from the iPad to the MacBook Pro, touting a screen resolution of 2880x1800 on the 15.4-inch device. Senior Vice President Phil Schiller said “it’s the most beautiful computer we have ever made.”

Ivy Bridge

Even though the company’s MacBook Pro got significantly sleeker in its latest version, the ultra-thin MacBook Air saw upgrades of its own – including latest-generation Intel Ivy Bridge processors.

Safari

Apple’s in-house browser now integrates closely with the company’s iCloud service, and the latest version uses a Chrome-style unified search box.

Mountain Lion

The next generation of OS X was not announced at WWDC. However, Apple did say that Mountain Lion would be ready in a month, and noted that everyone who buys a Mac between now and then will get the upgrade for free.

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Hardware reinforcements for earlier MacBook Pros

Apple gave some love to the current-generation MacBook Pro as well, upgrading them with Ivy Bridge Core i5 and Core i7 processors and newer Nvidia GeForce GT650M graphics cards.