Apple announces 13" MacBook Pro with Retina display and new iMac
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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.