Earlier this year, Apple announced a 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display. It was a breakthrough piece of technology with a great display, thin profile and extreme specifications for performance. It made users crave for a 13-inch version since not everyone wants a 15-inch notebook. Well, Apple was listening. In the special event that took place in San Jose, California on October 23rd, Apple introduced an all-new version of its best-selling MacBook model, the 13-inch MacBook Pro featuring a stunning Retina Display and flash storage in a new design.
Design and Features
The 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display has a resolution of 2560 x 1440 (nearly two times the resolution of a 1080p display) with 227 pixels per inch. The 13-inch Retina display uses IPS technology for a 178-degree wide viewing angle and has 75 percent less reflection and 28 percent higher contrast than the current generation.
Apart from Retina Display, the refreshed 13 MacBook Pro features Intel Ivy Bridge 2.5 GHz Core i5 processors or 2.9 GHz Core i7 processors, Intel HD Graphics 4000, 8GB of 1600 MHz memory and up to 768GB of flash storage.
13-inch MacBook Pro comes with two Thunderbolt ports allowing you to transfer data super fast and offering huge expansion capabilities. The new 13-inch MacBook Pro is also packed with two USB 3.0 ports for faster data transfers between different devices. A new HDMI port offers quick connectivity to an HDTV. Apart from that, it 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.
Apple claims that the 13-inch MacBook Pro battery delivers up to 7 hours of wireless productivity and can remain in standby for up to 30 days. The new 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display ships with OS X Mountain Lion.
The new 13-inch MacBook Pro is available for pre-order at the Apple Online Store starting from $1699 (2.5GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM, 128GB SSD) however you can configure it with Intel Core i7 processors and flash storage up to 768GB.