Apple announces 13" MacBook Pro with Retina display and new iMac
Just as expected, Apple has taken the wraps off their new 13" MacBook Pro with Retina display. The device features an IPS display with a 2560x1600 resolution (the 15" Retina has a 2880x1800 resolution in comparison) as well as 300 nits brightness and is 20% thinner than the previous generation MacBook Pro.
As far as the insides go, the 13" Retina will come with either a Core i5 or i7 processor, with the base model featuring a 2.5GHz i5 CPU. In addition, the laptop comes with a 7 hour battery, Intel HD 4000 Graphics, 8GB of RAM and up to 768GB of Flash storage. Interestingly, the MacBook appears to have received a Gold EPEAT rating, even though they'd run into trouble in that area when the 15" Retina first launched. The device will begin shipping today with a price of $1699 and $1999 for the two models.
In addition to the Retina MacBook Pro, Apple had something else up their sleeves as they introduced a new and improved iMac. With just a 5mm thin edge, the iMac is 80% thinner than the previous generation. Available in two models, the 21.5" iMac comes with a 1920x1080 display while the 27" comes in at a 2560x1440 resolution. Both devices will have the option for i5 and i7 processors and NVIDIA GeForce GPUs.
Apple will also be offering a new Fusion Drive option for the iMacs, combining a 128GB SSD with a 1TB or 3TB HDD. The single drive will automatically rearrange commonly accessed applications to the SSD, while space-occupying documents are put on the HDD. Coming next month, the 21.5" model will start at $1299 while the 27" will go for $1799 but won't be available till December.
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