Introducing Apple’s 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display

Posted on October 31, 2012 by Nikhil P Naik

Now speculations and rumors can take a break. The wait is over as Apple has unveiled its 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display. With Apple swaying a bit from its tradition of keeping mum on details regarding its products before they hit the limelight, it’s understandable that leaks are seeping through its closed doors. And the MacBook Po was one such leak that turned in to a full-fledged speculation. And it seems, surprisingly, the rumors did turn true this time around.

The 13-inch MacBook Pro is one of Apple’s smallest notebooks yet. Coming a few months after the release of 15-inch MacBook Pro (with Retina Display), the new iteration packs in more pixels per inch than your high definition TV. And this 13-inch MacBook Pro seems to receive similar treatment like its 15-inch sibling in terms of being equipped with Apple’s famed Retina Display technology.
The 13-inch MacBook Pro weighs about 3.5 pounds, that’s a full pound lighter than previous generation notebooks. The new 13-inch MacBook Pro is just 0.75-inch thick making it the lightest MacBook Pro according to Apple’s marketing head. Though it certainly is not the thinnest device we have seen from Apple, it can slip in to any briefcase without problems. The design is simple and the lines are sharp, something we have come to expect from Apple.

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Let’s move on to the most exciting part of the review- The Display. The 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display has a 2560 X 1600 pixel resolution making the images on it appear vibrant, bright and absolutely brilliant. The HDTV sitting in your living room has a pixel resolution of 1920 X 1080 only. This means that with almost double the pixels of a HDTV, the MacBook Pro with Retina Display brings stunningly clear images on screen. The text and colors look sharp, crisp and beautiful. But, of course, those apps, graphics and websites that are not optimized for Retina Display look rather mundane.


The reason Apple calls it Retina Display is because of its high pixel density and resolution. Retina Display comes with more than 300 pixels per inch making the images appear as realistic as possible. While looking at images on Retina Display from a standard viewing distance, the human eye won’t be able to differentiate between individual pixels.

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The new 13-inch MacBook Pro comes with a 2.5 GHz Intel Core i5 processor, 7 hours of battery life, 128 GB of flash storage, 8GB RAM and the new Power Nap feature. This densely packed 13-inch Pro comes with two Thunderbolt ports, HDMI socket and a power connector (MagSafe 2).

The new 13″ MacBook Pro Retina comes in three variant models which:

  • 2.5 Ghz i5 – 128GB SSD – 8GB of RAM – $1699
  • 2.5 Ghz i5 – 256GB SSD – 8GB of RAM – $1999
  • 2.9 Ghz i7 – 512 SSD – 8GB of RAM – $2199

And yes, did we mention that the MacBook Pro is started shipping. There you have it. Although the MacBook Pro seems to be a bit heavy on the pocket, once you have enjoyed its Retina Display feature you wouldn’t settle for anything else. This gadget has been designed and developed by Apple as a heavy-duty workhorse without the unwieldy girth. The 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display with extremely sophisticated and absolutely powerful specs ups the bar for gadgets in its category. Regardless of the $1699 price tag, this guy will certainly find takers.

About the Author: Patrick Hudson likes writing articles related to Technology News, Gadget Reviews and How To. He also does guest posting for – a site that offers savings and current information on charter cable, as well as services.

About Nikhil P Naik

Nikhil Naik has a Master's Degree in Information Systems, and is currently working as a Software Engineer at Microsoft. He also loves playing cricket, listening to music, and traveling. Twitter Handle - @buzz_nikhil.

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