MacBook Pro Retina display 13-inch officially unveiled

Apple has officially unveiled the 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display, the second MacBook Pro to get the Retina treatment.

Apple has launched a second Retina display MacBook Pro laptop. The first was a 15-inch monster, and the second is a slightly smaller, slightly cheaper 13-inch edition.

The 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display features a 2,560 x 1,600-pixel screen, just under the resolution of the 15-inch model’s 2,880 x 1,800 display. However, it’s enough to supply the new MacBook with a pin-sharp pixel density of 232dpi, with 4,096,000 pixels in total.

It uses the IPS display type, superior to the TN screens of the vast majority of laptops. Brightness is also more than respectable at 300nits.

The new MacBook Pro 13-inch continues the design trends of the series, with an aluminium unibody that’s slim at around 17mm thick.  It’s also fairly light at just under 1.6kg. Predictably, though, there’s no optical drive.

Like the other Retina MacBook model, the 13-inch version
features 8GB of RAM and multiple SSD options, topping out at 768GB. This
top-tier MacBook Pro features an Intel Core i7 processor. Core i5 versions are
also available. The internal battery lasts for up to seven hours.

This new laptop was launched at the California Theatre in San Jose, alongside the iPad mini. The launch comes less than two months after the iPhone 5’s grand unveiling.

The 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display starts at $1699, with a 128GB SSD and 8GB of RAM. The Core i7 edition costs $1999. It’ll be available from today.

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