13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display Arrives for $1699 Josh Smith10/23/2012 Apple announced a new 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display at the iPad Mini event in San Jose today, bringing the pixel packing display that debuted on a sleek 15-inch MacBook Pro to a smaller size and slightly lower price. The new notebook includes a higher resolution display capable of showing clearer images, a slimmer frame than the current 13-inch MacBook Pro and more connectivity options, ditching the optical drive.Advertisement 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display release date is today. The 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display includes a 13.3-inch display with a 2560 x 1600 resolution, slightly lower than the 2880 x 1800 resolution found on the 15-inch Model, but significantly higher than the old 13-inch MacBook Pro’s 1280 x 800 resolution. This delivers 4,096,000, second only to the 15-inch model. Like the larger version, Apple claims this display delivers a 29% higher contrast ratio and a 178-degree view of the display. Apple claims 75% reduced reflection and 300 nits off brightness.Advertisement The 13-inch MacBook Pro is 20% thinner than the MacBook Pro it replaces, and a full pound lighter at 3.57 pounds. In the new smaller frame, Apple includes two Thunderbolt ports, HDMI and two USB 3.0 ports as well as a SDXC card slot and uses the new Magsafe 2.0 port. Apple includes dual microphones for a better video chatting. 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display ports.Advertisement The 13-inch MacBook Pro uses the latest Intel Core i5 and Core i7 processors, ships with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of SSD storage on the base model. Users can customize the notebook with up to 16GB of RAM and up to 768GB of flash storage. Read: 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display Review Apple claims 7 hours of battery life on the slimmer 13-inch Macbook Pro with Retina Display. Apple claims the 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display battery life is 7 hours.Advertisement The 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display is available online today, with in-store availability in the coming weeks for $1,699, a $500 premium over the entry-level 13-inch MacBook Pro. 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display release date is today. 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display ports. Apple claims the 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display battery life is 7 hours.