WWDC 2012 – Sumary of Macbook Releases

The much anticipated Apple Conference has come and gone.  I don’t know about you, but this year’s conference seemed to be so packed with information flying by at light-speed that I had to watch it twice and re-read the live blogs a few times to actually grasp what went down.  Quite a few exciting updates and releases I must say.  The three releases were 1) New Macbooks; 2) Mountain Lion; and 3) iOS 6.  I’m only going into details on the new macbooks in today’s blog, but for recaps on Mountain Lion and iOS 6 I’d recommend http://live.cnet.com/Event/CNETs_WWDC_2012_live_blog?tag=Column1;TopPagination for live coverage.

NEW MACBOOKS RELEASED AT WWDC 2012:

Macbook Air 11″ – Starting price $999
UPDATES: Faster processor (was 1.6GHz – 1.8GHz, now 1.7GHz – 2.0GHz); More RAM (was 2GB – 4GB, now 4GB – 8GB); Up to 60% faster graphics (was Intel HD Graphics 3000 – now Intel HD Graphics 4000); Bigger SSD Storage potentional (Max before was 128GB, now 512GB); Now has 2 USB 3.0 connectors

Macbook Air 13″ – Starting price $1,199 ($100 cheaper than before)
UPDATES: Faster processor (was 1.7GHz – 1.8GHz, now 1.8GHz to 2.0GHz); More RAM (was 4GB, now 4GB – 8GB); Up to 60% faster graphics (was Intel HD Graphics 3000 – now Intel HD Graphics 4000); Bigger SSD Storage potentional (Max before was 256MB, now 512GB); Now has 2 USB 3.0 connectors

Macbook Pro 13″ – Starting price $1,199
UPDATES: Faster processor (was 2.4GHz i5 – 2.8GHz i5, now 2.5GHz i5 to 3.7GHz Turbo i7); Up to 60% faster graphics (was Intel HD Graphics 3000 – now Intel HD Graphics 4000); Now has 2 USB 3.0 connectors

Macbook Pro 15″ – Starting price $1,799
UPDATES: Faster processor (was 2.2GHz i7 – 2.5GHz i7, now 2.3GHz i7 to 3.7GHz Turbo i7); Different graphics card (was AMD Radeon HD 6750M – Now NVidia GEForce GT 650M 512MB); Now has USB 3.0 connectors

Next Generation Macbook Pro 15″ – Starting price $2,199
SUMMARY: Combination of Macbook Pro and Macbook Air.  Retina Display; No optical drive;  0.71″ thick (about the same thickness as the Macbook Air); 75% less glare than the Macbook Pro; Up to 16GB RAM potential; 2.3GHz i7 to 2.7 GHz i7; 500GB – 750GB HD plus 256GB to 512GB Flash Storage; GeForce GT 650M 1GB Graphics Card; SD, HDMI, USB 3, USB 2, MagSafe 2, Thunderbolt, and headphone connections  (HDMI WHAT WHAT WHAT?!!!?!?)

NOTE: Macbook Pro 17″ has been discontinued

And there you have it.  Happy shopping.

Update: They released new Mac Pro’s behind my back (not even a peep about it in the conference) and they’ve just added them on the Apple Store.  They didn’t change anything on them besides the processor speed.  Woohoo.

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