Thursday, June 14, 2012

Retina MacBook Pros start at S$3,000.

The very sexy Retina MacBook Pros are now available in Singapore. The basic model with the 2.3 GHz processor and 256GB of flash storage will set you back S$2,988. The 2.6 GHz version with 512GB of storage starts at S$3,788. All prices include GST.

Must. Resist. Temptation. Must. Resist. Temptation.

Apple's press release is below:

Press release

Apple Introduces All New MacBook Pro with Retina Display
SINGAPORE—12 June, 2012—Apple® today unveiled an all new 15-inch MacBook® Pro featuring a stunning Retina™ display, all flash storage and quad-core processors in a radically thin and light design. Measuring a mere 1.8 centimetres and weighing 2.02 kilograms, the completely redesigned MacBook Pro sets a new standard in performance and portability for pro users.

“The MacBook Pro with Retina display pushes the limits of performance and portability like no other notebook,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “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.”

The new MacBook Pro Retina display is the world’s highest resolution notebook display with over 5 million pixels, 3 million more than an HD television. At 220 pixels-per-inch, the Retina display’s pixel density is so high the human eye cannot distinguish individual pixels from a normal viewing distance, so text and graphics look incredibly sharp. The Retina display uses IPS technology for a 178-degree wide viewing angle, and has 75 percent less reflection and 29 percent higher contrast than the previous generation.

Featuring a precision engineered aluminium unibody design and an all flash storage architecture, the all new MacBook Pro is the lightest MacBook Pro ever and nearly as thin as a MacBook Air®. Flash storage that is up to four times faster than traditional notebook hard drives enables the all new MacBook Pro to play four simultaneous streams of uncompressed 1080p HD video from internal storage.* The flash storage architecture also delivers improved reliability, instant-on responsiveness and 30 days of standby time.

The MacBook Pro with Retina display features the latest Intel Core i7 quad-core processors up to 2.7 GHz with Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.7 GHz, NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M discrete graphics, up to 16GB of faster 1600 MHz RAM and flash storage up to 768GB. Two Thunderbolt and two USB 3.0 ports allow pro users to connect to multiple displays and high performance devices, and a new HDMI port offers quick connectivity to HDTVs.

The MacBook Pro battery delivers up to 7 hours of wireless productivity, and uses advanced chemistry and Adaptive Charging technology to provide up to 1,000 recharges.** The MacBook Pro also features a FaceTime® HD camera, glass Multi-Touch™ trackpad, full-size backlit keyboard, dual microphones, enhanced speakers, 3-stream 802.11n Wi-Fi and a thinner MagSafe® 2 power port.

OS X® Lion, iPhoto®, iMovie®, iTunes® and other Apple apps including Aperture® and Final Cut Pro® X have been updated to take full advantage of the new MacBook Pro with Retina display. The updated Aperture 3.3 also includes revolutionary new image adjustment features and now supports a unified photo library so photographers can move seamlessly between iPhoto and Aperture.

The all new MacBook Pro ships with OS X Lion. Starting today, customers who purchase a Mac are eligible for a free copy of OS X Mountain Lion when it becomes available. Mountain Lion introduces innovative features including the all new Messages app, Notification Center, system-wide Sharing, AirPlay® Mirroring, Game Center and the enhanced security of Gatekeeper. With iCloud® built into the foundation of OS X, Mountain Lion makes it easier than ever to keep your content up to date across all your devices.

Pricing & Availability
The 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display is available through the Apple Online Store ( and Apple Authorised Resellers. The 15-inch MacBook Pro is available with a 2.3 GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 processor with Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.3 GHz, 8GB of memory and 256GB of flash storage starting at a suggested retail price of SGD$2988 inc. GST; and with a 2.6 GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 processor with Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.6 GHz, 8GB of memory and 512GB of flash storage starting at a suggested retail price of SGD$3788 inc. GST. Configure-to-order options include faster quad-core processors up to 2.7 GHz, up to 16GB of memory and flash storage up to 768GB.

Additional technical specifications, configure-to-order options and accessories are available online at

*Testing conducted by Apple in June 2012 using preproduction MacBook Pro configurations. For more information visit

**The Wireless Web protocol testing was conducted by Apple in June 2012 using preproduction MacBook Pro configurations. Battery life and charge cycles vary by use and settings. For more information visit

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il said...

justifications not to buy a MBA
1. 13" is too small
2. retina display for MBA is not here yet
3. no dedicated graphics. i game occasionally. a MBA + a separate gaming PC is more expensive than a MBP

so, we now decide on a MBP retina, starting at S$2,988.

Since RAM is soldered, you need to add more RAM today. Add 8GB for only S$280.

Add another $800 for 512GB SSD? Too high.

So the ideal BTO? Base $2,988 + $280 for added RAM.

Jiarong Lau said...
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Jiarong Lau said...

Seriously.. I think the price is rather steep for limited hard disk space..

its basically paying a premium for the retina display..

Here's my take:

Damian Bathory said...

Seriously - that much money for the new Macbook? Looks like it'll be a while before I can get enough macbook pro decal stickers to decorate it then.

Mac Book said...

I think you are off quite a bit on the numbers. The kb/sec range is for those really ancient drive that were 1 to 10gb in size tops. Macbook Decal

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