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Apple brings a retina display to the 13" MacBook Pro

Apple announced its 15" MacBook Pro with Retina display back in June. Now, it’s brought “Retina Fever” to the 13” MacBook Pro.
 
The new 13" MacBook Pro with Retina Display is only .75" thin and weighs only 3.57 pounds, one pound lighter than the previous version. As expected, the display now has a resolution of 2560x1600, features 29% higher contrast ratio, a 75% reduction in glare, 178 degree viewing angle, and brightness of 300 nits.
 
 

 
The new 13' MacBook Pro with Retina Display keeps the same design aesthetic as the previous version, and includes USB 3.0 ports, FaceTime HD, backlit keyboard, and of course, Thunderbolt. In order to achieve the weight targets and thin frame, Apple ditched the internal optical drive.
 
The new 13" MacBook Pro with Retina Display comes with dual-core Intel i5 or i7 processors, 8GB standard RAM, and up to a 768GB SSD. Battery life is rated at “up to” 7 hours.
 
The 2.5GHz Core i5 version with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of flash storage starts at $1,699 and is available today. 


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RE: I don't know man...
By TakinYourPoints on 10/23/2012 2:22:33 PM , Rating: 2
The price is decent considering the display you're getting. There are HP and Sony laptops with lower specs that cost as much as or more than this. I think its a bit ahead of its time though. Ivy Bridge's IGP is good but its better to wait on Haswell to drive that display IMHO.

The main thing I don't get is a retina display at that size given that the 15" model also exists. The Macbook Air is a better buy for 13" given the price, that's still one of Apple's best laptops. If you really need a retina display in a laptop then go full out and buy the 15" model, you get a larger screen and better internal specs for just a bit more.


RE: I don't know man...
By retrospooty on 10/23/2012 2:27:10 PM , Rating: 2
I love the 13 inch form factor and I gotta say, this is a nice freegin laptop... I would love to get my hands on it and just load Windows so I can get work done on it. Really nice, and not a bad price fro what you get. I would never personally pay that price, but it is a really nice laptop.


RE: I don't know man...
By TakinYourPoints on 10/23/2012 2:38:27 PM , Rating: 2
I think people can wait until Haswell drops next year. I believe this was just to get it out the door, but that's generally the case with first-gen Apple products. The move from Ivy Bridge to Haswell will be a significant one, and it will benefit the 13" rMBP greatly since it uses the Intel IGP.

At that price range I'd rather go for the 15" model and be done with it, but I understand if people like 13" laptops. Personal ergonomic preference is a huge deal, and 13" Apple laptops are among the best given their keyboard and trackpad quality.

On a side note, OS X is excellent for getting work done on. If there is anything OS X excels at these days, it is workspace and window management on laptops with a limited amount of display space, whether you use the multitouch trackpad or have a mouse plugged in. I run both operating systems on my laptop and OS X is the work partition, all the way.


RE: I don't know man...
By ritualm on 10/23/2012 2:49:48 PM , Rating: 2
I think the days of both regular 13" and 15" Macbook Pro's (now collectively called Fatbooks) are numbered. In a few years - or possibly as soon as Haswell / Broadwell arrives - they will be retired along with the 17".

Time to bid adieu to easy storage and RAM replacements.


RE: I don't know man...
By TakinYourPoints on 10/23/2012 3:50:31 PM , Rating: 2
Fatbooks are definitely on the way out.

The 13" Fatbook became Apple's worst laptop the day the second gen Macbook Air came out (first gen was a step in the right direction but trash). The 15" Fatbook joined it when the 15" rMBP came out earlier this year. They're pointless when the options are extreme portability combined with default SSD storage and high-DPI displays.

Yeah, they'll be gone soon.


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