MacBook Pro Retina Display hits stores in India, base model starts at Rs. 1,52,900

At the Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco, Apple proved that
post Steve Jobs, the brand still managed to have a trick up its sleeve. After announcing an upgrade to their MacBook Air and MacBook Pro line-up of notebooks, Apple wowed the world when they unveiled their next generation MacBook Pro with Retina Display. These notebooks had been available in stores in the U.S. from the date of the announcement and those looking to upgrade to this high-res notebook in India will be pleased to know that they have finally made their way on to shelves in India with the base version starting at Rs. 1,52,900.

The price may come as shocker to most. as the price of the base version in the U.S starts at $2,199, which would roughly translate to Rs. 1,22,732. The Indian price is a steep jump in comparison to the U.S pricing and though the MacBook Pro with Retina Display is flying off the shelves in the said country, it is difficult to ascertain at this point if this hot selling notebook would achieve a similar response in India. The pricing of the product in India is around Rs. 30,000 more than what it is selling at the U.S. The reason that Apple is pricing these notebooks in India such could be due to the decline in the Rupee, in comparison to the Dollar and this may be the main reason why it costs more than a lakh and a half.
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Macbook Pro with Retina Display arrives in India

For those who are in the dark regarding this notebook, this new Macbook Pro with Retina Display comes configured with a solid state drive. The notebook comes with USB 3.0 and is far thinner than its predecessors with the same screen size, with the casing measuring 0.71 inches thin. The Macbook Pro received an Ivy Bridge update, and the 2.7GHz Ive Bridge processors can be turbo boosted to 3.7 GHz. Furthermore, the device utilized NVIDIA GeForce GT 650m graphics. Coming to the main selling point of the device, the Retina Display, the screen resolution on the new Macbook Pro is 2880 x 1800 (or 220 ppi). Apple also promised at the keynote that this improved screen would have better viewing angles, reduced glare and better contrast ratios.

Other highlighted features of the new MacBook with Retina Display include 16GB of RAM, Nvidia Kepler GT 650M graphics, a quad-core 2.7GHz Core i7 processor, a maximum 768GB of storage (SSD, naturally), and a battery life that can be pushed up to seven hours and a standby time of 30 days. Apple has also added the thin MagSafe connector and a new fan. The Macbook Pro ships with OS X Lion, however, those who purchase the notebook now will be eligible for a free upgrade to OS X Mountain Lion when it becomes available.

Here is a Quick look at the highlighted specifications of the MacBook Pro with Retina Display:

  • 15.4-inch LED-backlit display with IPS technology; 2880 x 1800 resolution at 220ppi
  • 2.3GHz  or 2.6GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 processor with 6MB shared L3 cache
  • 8GB of 1600MHz DDR3L onboard memory
  • 256GB or 512GB Flash Storage
  • Intel HD Graphics 4000
  • NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M with 1GB of GDDR5 memory and automatic graphics switching
  • 720p FaceTime HD camera
  • MagSafe 2 power port
  • Two Thunderbolt ports (up to 10 Gbps)
  • Two USB 3 ports (up to 5 Gbps)
  • HDMI port
  • Headphone port
  • SDXC card slot
  • Apple Thunderbolt to Gigabit Ethernet Adapter (sold separately)
  • Apple Thunderbolt to FireWire Adapter
  • 802.11n Wi-Fi wireless networking; IEEE 802.11a/b/g compatible
  • Bluetooth 4.0 wireless technology
  • Stereo speakers
  • Dual microphones
  • Headphone port

The new MacBook Pro with Retina Display is available in two configurations which are 2.3GHz and 2.6GHz. The 2.3GHz model is available for Rs. 1,52,900 and the 2.6GHz model is up for grabs with a price in India of Rs. 1,92,900. 

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