It may be incredibly thin and light, but MacBook Pro with Retina display is also incredibly powerful. To achieve all that in a single design required relentless focus and a willingness to make bold decisions. Every millimetre was designed, engineered, built and assembled to the most exacting performance standards. Bulky legacy technologies like the spinning hard drive and optical disc drive were left behind in favour of newer, higher-performance technologies — PCIe-based flash storage, for example. Flash is much faster and far more reliable than a traditional hard drive. And it takes up 90 per cent less space. Which is one of many reasons MacBook Pro isn’t just extremely capable, it’s extremely portable too.
The Retina display is a breakthrough — any way you look at it. We pushed the limits of technology to create a pixel density so high, you can see everything you’re doing with perfect clarity and make edits with pinpoint accuracy. Not only is it an incredibly high-resolution display, it has an integrated design that achieves a level of fit and finish never before possible. The Retina display doesn’t sit behind a layer of glass, it is the glass. Which means you get all the benefits of a state-of-the-art display — vibrant colours, high contrast and wide viewing angles — with very little glare. So there’s more to see, and even less to distract you from your work.
We designed every aspect of the MacBook Pro with Retina display with performance in mind. From the beginning, the entire internal structure was built to house the very best high-performance components: state-of-the-art processors, graphics, storage and memory. Despite packing such an enormous amount of power into such a slim design, we still achieved an astonishing nine hours of battery life in the 13‑inch model and eight hours in the 15‑inch.2 We also found a way to integrate the highest-quality speakers we’ve ever designed for a notebook. And we engineered a new cooling system that draws in air from three sides of the notebook. Alone, each of these elements is an incredible accomplishment. Together, they make MacBook Pro the world’s most advanced notebook.
Designing MacBook Pro with Retina display meant completely rethinking which ports belong on a high-performance notebook. Both the 13-inch and 15-inch models feature the most advanced I/O technology available. They’re the first notebooks ever to include two Thunderbolt 2 ports, two USB 3 ports and an HDMI port — giving you the flexibility to connect multiple external displays, an HDTV and other high-performance devices. Without a traditional optical drive, there’s room for ports conveniently located on both sides of the notebook. Even the slim MagSafe 2 port complements its thin, sleek design. So you can take this notebook anywhere. And be ready for anything.
MacBook Pro with Retina display is the result of an obsessive focus on detail. Apple designers and engineers worked closely together to craft every single piece that went into making it — the fans, the vents, the speakers, the noise-reducing microphones, the screws, even the machining of the thumbscoop. Everything was considered, and nothing overlooked. Because when a notebook becomes this advanced, every nanometre counts.