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Apple Announces 13-Inch Retina MacBook Pro [Updated]

The world’s thinnest notebook was introduced today during the Apple event: the 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro is just 0.75-inch thin and weights just 3.5 pounds. It is 20% thinner  and almost a pound lighter than the previous generation 13-inch MacBook Pro model.

13-inch Retina MacBook Pro

 

“The 13-inch MacBook Pro is our most popular Mac, and today it gets completely reinvented with a new thin and light design, fast flash storage and a gorgeous Retina display,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. “With vivid colors, razor sharp text and more pixels than anyone else’s 15 or 17-inch notebooks, the Retina display completely changes what you expect from a notebook.”

The recently announced portable will be available today in the US in two configurations. The entry level features

  • a 2.5 GHz Intel Core i5 processors, Turbo Boost up to 3.1GHz,  Intel HD Graphics 4000, 128GB of Flash storage and 8GB  of 1600 MHz RAM costs $1,699 (in the US), less than $500 than the 15-inch version.

13 inch Retina MacBook Pro

  • A second configuration with 2.5 GHz Intel Core i5 processors, Intel HD Graphics 4000, 8GB of 1600 MHz memory, and  256GB of flash storage, will be offered for $1,999.
  • Configure-to-order options include faster dual-core Intel Core i7 processors and flash storage up to 768GB.

The 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro sports a 227 ppi, 2,560 x 1,600 pixels display with 29% higher color contrast and 75% reduced reflection. That is 4x the number of pixels than the previous generation model and almost double the number of pixels than an HDTV and uses IPS technology for a 178-degree wide viewing angle.  The world’s second highest resolution notebook has a MacSafe 2 port, two Thunderbolt ports a  USB 3 port, headphone and dual microphones on the left side and an SD card slot, HDMI and a second USB 3 port on the right side on the device and comes with a FaceTime HD camera.  The 13-inch MacBook Pro battery has up to 7 hours of battery life and can remain in standby for up to 30 days.

It ships with OS X Mountain Lion preinstalled, and it is available today from the Apple Store.

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  • Jordan

    I had REALLY high hopes for this, i’ve been holding off a notebook purchase for months. $1749 (Canadian likely) for HD4000 is just a deal breaker… Back to square one

  • http://twitter.com/good_ol_c_rod Chris Rodney

    Sold.

  • kmlmzhr

    don’t forget we have student discount?

  • http://www.facebook.com/nabil.maadarani Nabil Maadarani

    Really? How do you apply that student discount?

  • kmlmzhr

    Just click on ‘student pricing, banner on Apple.ca. Instant $100 off. Just make sure you don’t abuse it

  • Okina

    Hmm. The hangup for me is the SSD. I would have been sold on it if the second configuration came with 512GB instead of 256. I know that you can always add some form of external storage, but right now that’s just a hard sell.

    So I’ll have to think about it. I’ll wait for the reviews to come out, I’ll wait to see if there’s a deal on Black Friday in a months time.

    The iPad Mini is a little more an easier sell. The only question there is how much capacity do I want for that, and how soon should I go for it.