Thinner, Lighter 13-Inch MacBook Pro Gets Retina Display

Great news for anyone who's lusted after the gorgeous retina display on the MacBook Pro but has been hesitant to drop $2500 or make room for a 15-inch laptop. Apple has officially announced a 13-inch version of its portable workstation with a 2560x1600 retina display, which is just a slight drop in resolution.

In fact, with the 13-inch model you'll only be sacrificing a small chunk of resolution. That, and the set of speakers sitting on either side of the 15-inch model's keyboard. In terms of ports the new 13-inch MacBook Pro has the exact same layout as the previous model, with an SD slot, USB 3, and HDMI on one side, and USB 3, MagSafe 2, a headphone jack and a pair of Thunderbolt ports on the other.

Both models will be available for order on the Apple website following the presentation, and are shipping today. The retina display models start at $1899 in Australia. [Apple]

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    I think they missed an opportunity here. With the up coming release in Windows 8, why did they not make the display a touch screen ? I am firmly in the Windows camp as far as computers go, but I like the look of this laptop and would consider it if it were running Windows 8, but to fully enjoy Win 8, you need a touch screen device.

      What's the point of touch screen when there's a touchpad instead? I just don't understand Microsoft's philosophy when it comes to computer design, they're trying to push the market towards touchscreen which is only driving up the price of hardware for a useless feature on a laptop.

        I see touch enabled devices as a natural evolution, even on a laptop. There have been touch enabled laptops around for years, but not many products that could benefit from the technology. I don't think MS is "pushing" us towards touch (and by extension potentially more expensive hardware), they are just responding to market demands, just look as the success of the iPad, iPhone and all other touch enabled smart devices (phone, tablet etc). It just makes sense to have one interface that naturally spans the phone, tablet and computer. It's their version of the one ecosystem that Apple have been so successful at promoting.

        As for the cost of hardware, prices will come down in time. I remember paying > $199 for a CD bruner back in 98/99, now DVD burners are < $25. Same goes for the introduction of LCD/LED monitors, once very expensive, now cheap as chips. As market demand increases, so will production. As production increases, prices will fall.

        OK, try this exercise. Touch your touchpad in the top-left corner. Where is your cursor? It's where you left it. Now touch the bottom-right corner. Has your cursor moved? No, it hasn't. Now put your cursor in the top-left corner, then move it all the way to the bottom-right corner. It is quite a bit of effort, isn't it? But on a touchscreen the cursor appears wherever you touch the screen. It is a lot less effort and makes for a much speedier workflow. Trackpads are horrible, horrible things.

    I dont want to touch my near vertical computer screen and put all finger prints all over it.

    No dedicated graphics, really?

      Dedicated graphics are a lot less necessary than they once were. The Intel HD3000 graphics in my Zenbook does things that only 2 or 3 years ago I would have needed a QuadroFX card to do.

        While I agree with that, the number of pixels that need to be driven is substantially higher.... I would hate to pay such a premium and have performance bottlenecks.

          I'm not sure about in laptops but recently bought a new ivy bridge set up for my gaming pc and thought I'd test the hd4000 graphics prior to my new video card showing up and to my surprise it played many of my games in HD (although I had to turn down some options) but still for onboard GPUs these things rock and I'm sure have no probs running the screen and 2 extra externals if required.

    very disappointed that apple couldn't squeeze a dedicated GPU into the 13" inch retina. Ive seen plenty of 14 inch ultrabooks e.g the toshiba U840/006 that have a dedicated GPU

    I wonder what these screen will look like when Samsung ceases supply..... ??

    dedicated graphics?? so they can play 2010's AAA titles once they've finished been ported? lol.

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