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13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display Arrives for $1699



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.

13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display

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.

 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

13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display ports.

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.

13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display battery life

Apple claims the 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display battery life is 7 hours.

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.



  1. CJ

    10/23/2012 at 10:57 am

    So Many New Tablets This Week — Another tablet maker has introduced a series of new Android tablets with some impressive features — one is called the Novo 7 Flame – priced at $189 at a web site called TabletSprint – it’s a 7 Inch tablet that gives the $249 Nexus 7 & the new $300 Mini iPad a little competition– the Novo 7 Flame has 16GB, Android 4.1 O/S, a high resolution 1280×800 screen, Micro-SD portable storage, HDMI to view movies and media downloads on a TV in HD, Two Cameras – a 5 MegaPixel camera with AF & Flash, and a 2 MegaPixel Webcam; plus Bluetooth, Ethernet, WiFi and an option for 3G… The tablet is made by Ainol Electronics – an Award Winner under “Best Tablet of the Year” at CNET/Consumer Electronics Show 2012 — And they also have two new 10-Inch tablets coming out with high resolution screens — one has a Dual Core processor with a 1280×800 screen for $220; and a powerful Quad Core with a 1920×1200 Liquid Crystal display (like Apple’s Retina screen) for around $260 — all great specs/price ratio — one of the first sites to offer these new models in the U.S. is called TabletSprint —

  2. John

    10/23/2012 at 2:05 pm

    Max RAM is only 8GB as per their site right now. Really makes me mad. I really wanted 16GB to use for mathematical modeling, etc. Guess I’ll be getting a Lenovo laptop now….

    I’m really disappointed, through.

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