The MacBook Pro with Retina Display – previously only available with a 15-inch display – was today released in a 13-inch form factor. Like its big brother, the laptop is thinner than the standard MacBook Pro (which is still around at a cheaper price point), but not as thin as the MacBook Air. Like the Air, it lacks an optical drive, and sports a solid state drive (SSD) in place of a hard drive with moveable parts. The device is 0.75 inch thin, and weighs just 3.5 lbs (1.6 kg).
Its killer feature is its display. The 13.3-inch display packs a resolution of 2560 x 1600, which gives it a pixel density of 227 ppi. Apple heralded the device as the "second highest resolution notebook display," second to its 15-inch cousin.
The base version of the 13-inch model ships with a dual core 2.5 GHz Intel Core i5 processor. Its storage options, however, are a bit different: it adds a smaller 128GB SSD option, in addition to the 256 GB and 512 GB models. The 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro starts at $1,699 for the 128 GB base model. It starts shipping today.
The Mac Mini was also updated, to include dual core Ivy Bridge processors. The base model sports a 2.5 GHz dual core CPU, with 4 GB of RAM, and a 500 GB hard drive, and costs US$599. An upgraded model with a quad core i7 and 1 TB hard drive is marked at $799.
Apple also pulled back the curtain on a new iMac, which brings its first redesign in years. The big feature is its new thinner form factor. Unlike the new MacBook Pro, the iMac doesn't have a Retina Display (that may have to wait another year or so). Apple is touting the all-in-one's improved LCD, which it says is 75 percent less reflective.
Apple also announced a new storage option for the iMac called Fusion Drive. It combines 128 GB SSD with a 500 GB or 1TB HDD. What separates Apple's Fusion Drive from other hybrid HDD/SSD PCs is that OS X Mountain Lion intelligently determines (in the background) which drive to use for which applications.
The 21.5-inch iMac – with 2.5GHz quad core i5, 8 GB of RAM, and 1 TB hard drive – starts at US$1,299, and ships in November. The 27-inch model starts at $1,799, and ships in December.
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