MacBook Pro and MacBook Air 2012 roundup

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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.

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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. Read our full review.

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Apple MacBook Air (summer 2012) The 2012 updates to the MacBook Air line don’t change anything cosmetically, but add USB 3.0 and new third-gen Intel Core i-series processors with better integrated graphics. The 64GB $999 11-inch Air has 4GB of RAM instead of 2GB, but the other 11- and 13-inch Airs all cost $100 less than last year with similar flash storage and RAM specs. A new 512GB SSD upgrade option has also been added. Read our First Take of the new 11-inch MacBook Air and 13-inch MacBook Air.

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Apple MacBook Pro (summer 2012) Just like the MacBook Airs, the 13 and 15-inch non-Retina Display MacBook Pros retain the same unibody look as before, but with new Intel third-gen processors. The 13-inch Pro has improved integrated Intel HD 4000 graphics, while the 15-inch Pro has improved Nvidia graphics. DVD drives still remain, and USB 3.0 ports have been added. Prices remain the same for the entry-level models. Read our First Take of the new 13-inch MacBook Pro and 15-inch MacBook Pro.

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