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At its WWDC event, Apple revealed its new, thinner "next-generation" MacBook Pro, which will also feature a Retina display. Apple also updated its current MacBook Air and MacBook Pro models.

As previously rumored, Apple unveiled a new Macbook Pro featuring a thinner design and Retina display. At its WWDC event today, Apple revealed the new MacBook Pro, as well as updates to its current MacBook Air and MacBook Pro models. The new MacBook models feature Intel's Ivy Bridge processor and support for USB 3.0. All the new models are available today.

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The new 15.4-inch MacBook Pro, which Apple called its "next-generation" model, is a mere 0.71-inches thin, making it nearly as thin as the company's ultraportable laptop, the 0.65-inch thin MacBook Air. Additionally, the new MacBook Pro is Apple's lightest MacBook Pro model yet, weighing just 4.46 lbs. The company is also including a 2800x1800-resolution Retina display the new laptop, 2880x1800, making it the highest-resolution notebook display on the market. The display has a pixel density of 220 pixels per inch.

In addition to the new design, the MacBook Pro will feature powerful hardware. The base model, which starts at $2,199, will feature a 2.3GHz quad-core Intel i7 processor, NVIDIA's 1GB GeForce GT 650M (based on NVIDIA's Kepler architecture), 8GM of RAM and 256GB of flash storage. The laptop eschews traditional hard drives entirely, instead only offering flash storage of up to 768GB. USB 3.0 is included in the new model, in addition to its Thunderbolt support.

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Programs will have to be updated to support the full resolution of the display; Apple announced it was working with software developers such as Adobe and Blizzard to take advantage of the increased resolution. The company showed examples of Adobe Photoshop and Diablo III on the higher resolution display.

In addition to its new MacBook Pro model, Apple also refreshed its current MacBook Air and MacBook Pro models. The new models will feature Ivy Bridge processors and support USB 3.0 in addition to their previous Thunderbolt support. The refreshed MacBook Air also saw a price drop, with the 11-inch model now starting at $999, and the 13-inch model beginning at $1,099. Apple's MacBook Pro line will also see new features, including NVIDIA's GeForce GT 650M graphics card, Ivy Bridge processors and USB 3.0 support.

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