When Apple announced their new MacBook Pro earlier this year, we were all truly blown away. That 15-inch notebook was one of the most incredible computers we had ever seen. Today, Apple announced an addition to the lineup that we’ve all been waiting for: the 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display.
When Apple says “portable,” they are really, really not kidding. Less than an inch thick (thin?), and weighing only three and a half pounds, it’s starting to close in on MacBook Air territory. Once upon a time, you had to choose between a portable computer and a powerful work machine. This distinction has been all but erased.
The screen on the 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display is stunning, so I can only imagine what the screen on the 13-inch will be like. As a point of comparison, the 13-inch model has 2 million more pixels than the 72-inch 1080p HDVTV that I was watching the announcement on. I own both an iPhone and an iPad with Retina screens. I thought I would not really see the difference, but I recently booted up an old iPod touch, and it was striking just how different the Retina feels. I don’t think it’s possible to go back to a regular screen after seeing one.
And, not only does it look good, but it’s fast. The 13-inch MacBook Pro comes with 8GB of RAM standard (standard!), a 2.5GHz dual-core i5 processor, and built-in flash storage. If you’re curious whether flash storage makes a difference or not, check out our post on upgrading to Mountain Lion, and see just how dramatic the difference is.
The 13-inch MacBook Pro 13 with Retina display is available now. The standard configuration starts at $1699, with optional upgrades in both the processor and flash storage capacity. Ask us how you can get $1,125 in free Insider benefits by buying your new Mac and AppleCare at Tekserve.