Apple unveiled its newest batch of MacBook Pros today at WWDC, the ones sporting the new Retina displays. And yes, in terms of performance, next-generation MBPs beat the competition like a pack of rented mules.
It feels an odd comparison when even last season’s MBP can’t hold a flame to the current version. The 2011 MacBook Pro was nothing to sneeze at—1680×1050 resolution with 128 pixels per square inch (ppi) powered by an AMD Radeon HD 6490M. Pffff, the MacBook Pro unveiled today rocks a 2880 x 1800 display at 220 ppi, roughly double the going rate of current Apple hardware and even more obvious when compared to non-Apple gear.
As the table above illustrates, the new MBP screen displays at nearly double the pixel density as it’s nearest competitors. Even the $1,700 Alienware M15—the MBP’s closest rival in terms of graphics quality—pales in comparison to the new laptop’s hyper-HD display.