When Android began picking up in popularity, Apple decided to step up its game with the iPhone (News - Alert) 4 and its "Retina" display. Really all this meant is that the iPhone boasted a higher pixel density than any other phone on the market at the time. The company eventually added Retina density to the iPad with its third revision. Then, in June at WWDC, the 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro was revealed — the first Mac to sport the technology.
Now, for those seeking top-of-the-line pixel density in a smaller form factor, Apple (News - Alert) has, at its press event in San Jose today, added a 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro to its lineup. In standard Apple fashion, this new 13-inch MBP is available to purchase immediately and, for now, it will be sold alongside the standard one.
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Starting at $1,699, the new 13-inch Retina MacBook features a dual-core 2.5 GHz Intel Core i5 processor, eight GB of RAM (News - Alert) and 128 GB of SSD storage. Of course, its 2560 x 1600, 227 ppi display is its main feature, doubling the resolution of the standard 13-inch MacBook Pro. Otherwise, the new version is also thinner and lighter than the previous model at 3.57 pounds compared to 4.5 pounds and 0.75 inches thick as compared to 0.95 inches.
Just like the 15-inch Retina MBP, the 13-inch version sports a new MagSafe 2 connector, two Thunderbolt ports, two USB 3.0 ports, an HDMI port and an SD card slot. Likewise, the 13-inch Retina MBP lacks an optical drive as well as Ethernet and Firewire ports, though users can purchase additional Thunderbolt dongles to allow for each of these.
Interestingly, though, the 13-inch MBP refresh lacks external graphics, relying solely on integrated Intel (News - Alert) HD 4000 graphics, unlike the 15-inch Retina MBP which sports Nvidia graphics to drive its many pixels.
The 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro was just one of the major announcements to come out of Apple's press event, which also released the iPad Mini.
Edited by Brooke Neuman