13-inch MacBook Pro gets Retina Display

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Apple introduced a Retina Display version of its 13.3-inch MacBook Pro during its special media event in San Jose, California. Like its 15-inch big brother, the 13.3-inch model drops traditional spinning hard drives in favour of flash-based storage.

The 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro ships with an Intel dual-core 15 or i7 processor, Intel HD Graphics 4000, 8GB RAM, up to 768GB RAM, dual Thunderbolt ports, USB 3, and up to seven hours of battery life. It's just 1.9 cm thing which is 20 percent thinner than the previous 13-inch model, and weighs just 1.62 kg (3.5 pounds).

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The 13.3-inch Retina Display sports a 2560x1600 resolution (at 227 pixels per inch) gives 4,096,000 pixels - which makes it the second highest resolution notebook display behind the 15-inch MacBook Pro at 2800x1800.

The 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display features 2.5 GHz Intel Core i5 processors with the option to choose faster 2.9 GHz Intel Core i7 processors, Intel HD Graphics 4000, 8GB of 1600 MHz memory, and up to 768GB of flash storage. Two Thunderbolt and two USB 3.0 ports allow users to connect to multiple displays and high-performance devices, and a new HDMI port offers quick connectivity to an HDTV. The 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display also features a FaceTime HD camera, dual microphones, improved speakers, three-stream 802.11n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, and a MagSafe 2 power port.

The 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display is available with a 2.5 GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 processor with Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.1 GHz, 8GB of memory and 128GB of flash storage starting at $1,699 (US) or A$1,899 (incl GST); and with 256GB of flash storage starting at $1,999 (US) or A$2,199 (incl GST). The 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display is available today.

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Posted by Antony at October 24, 2012 8:59 AM

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