Apple launches new 13 inch retina MacBook

Along with a new iMac at last night's big iPad Mini reveal
Darren Allan

October 24, 2012
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Apple has added a new model to its MacBook range, as the 13 inch model gets a retina display option (as well as the 15 inch MacBook, which already has it).

This machine was unveiled alongside the iPad mini at yesterday’s big Apple event, and Cupertino also revealed an all-new iMac, which we’ll come onto in a minute.

The 13 inch MacBook Pro Retina quadruples the pixel count of the current MacBook Pro, offering a resolution of 2,560 x 1,600, which equates to 227 pixels per inch. In layman’s terms, it’s super-sharp.

The IPS screen has 30 per cent higher contrast levels than the previous display, Apple claims, and it’s also 75 per cent less reflective.

The new laptop is also pretty darn light, weighing 1.6kg, and it’s 20 per cent thinner than the old 13 inch MacBook Pro at 19mm.

Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing, commented: “The 13-inch MacBook Pro is our most popular Mac, and today it gets completely reinvented with a new thin and light design, fast flash storage and a gorgeous Retina display. With vivid colours, razor sharp text and more pixels than anyone else’s 15 or 17-inch notebooks, the Retina display completely changes what you expect from a notebook.”

The machine is driven by a 2.5GHz Intel Core i5 CPU (with an option to upgrade to Core i7), and comes with 8GB of memory (or more), and up to a 768GB SSD.

The other revelation made yesterday evening was the new iMac, which is 40 per cent smaller than its all-in-one predecessor. As with the new MacBook Pro, Apple claims that display has been tweaked to ensure 75 per cent less reflections.

The refreshed iMac carries a quad-core Ivy Bridge Core i5 processor (or Core i7 if you upgrade), options on GeForce graphics cards starting with the GT 640M, along with 8GB of memory and a 1TB hard disk on the basic 21.5 inch model – which is priced at £1,099.

The 21.5 inch iMac comes out next month, and the monster 27 inch model will follow in December.

As for the 15 inch MacBook Pro retina display laptop, that starts at £1,449 and is available now.






 

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