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.
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.
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.
Apple claims 7 hours of battery life on the slimmer 13-inch Macbook Pro with Retina Display.
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.