MacBook Pro and MacBook Air 2012 roundup
Editors’ note: This post was updated June 26, 2012, with all 2012
MacBook Air and Pro reviews.
This year’s lineup of Apple MacBooks remains split down the middle between thinner MacBook Airs and thicker MacBook Pros, both of which retain the same look as 2011 — and, for that matter, 2010. Newly upgraded third-gen Intel processors, Nvidia graphics, and new ports like USB 3.0 are the chief new and notable additions, as well as price drops in the MacBook Air line.
A newcomer has also been added at the flagship high-end desktop-replacement level: the Retina Display 15-inch MacBook Pro, a completely redesigned laptop that functions as a fusion between beefier high-end systems and thinner laptops like the Air. At $2,199, it’s priced to replace the 17-inch MacBook Pro.
For a full rundown, see below.
Apple MacBook Pro 15-inch with Retina Display
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.
Apple MacBook Air (13-inch, June 2012)
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.
Read the full review of the new 13-inch MacBook Air.
Apple MacBook Air (11-inch, June 2012)
The new 11-inch MacBook Air is every bit as fast as the 13-inch Air, despite its smaller size, but you’ll give up 2 hours of battery life in the bargain.
Read the full review of the new 11-inch MacBook Air.
Apple MacBook Pro (15-inch, June 2012)
Another year of incremental improvements for the 15-inch Apple MacBook Pro help it maintain its lead as a useful, powerful, attractive midsize laptop, but the competition is closer than ever to catching up.
Read the full review of the new 15-inch MacBook Pro.
Apple MacBook Pro (13-inch, June 2012)
While the 13-inch MacBook Pro remains a well-built laptop, it’s fallen behind the MacBook Air and Retina Display MacBook Pro in design, lacks higher-end upgrades, and feels too expensive compared with the competition.
Read the full review of the new 13-inch MacBook Pro.
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