Quick Note: Apple Announces 13" MacBook Pro with Retina Display
October 23, 2012 1:22 PM
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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...
10/23/2012 7:06:21 PM
As much as I would like to agree with you, in this case I feel that I have to agree with the Cheez guy. In a slim form factor why would you want or need a retina display other than for video. You only have a dual core CPU and you lose out on the discrete graphics so if you are wanting to do actual work or play hi-def games you are much better off with the 15". Considering the point of being light and portable is to be "portable" and you aren't always guaranteed the greatest internet connection outside of the home, blu-ray drive is your only option. If you want to just have a hi def display with a fruit symbol to use on your wi-fi you might as well just buy the iPad.
RE: I don't know man...
10/24/2012 12:32:26 AM
Resolution is an entirely different discussion. We're talking about how optical drives have become superfluous, not 2x res 13" laptop displays.
And FWIW I agree with you, I think that the 13" Macbook Air makes way more sense than the 13" rMBP at these prices. If you're going to go with such a high res display you might as well pony up a few extra bucks and get a 15" rMBP instead.
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