Apple held a special media event at the California Theatre in San Jose on October 23 to debut its new product lineup for 2012. The Cupertino-based company announced a lot of new hardware at the media event and one of the first devices was the new 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display.
MacBook Pro is of course a commercial success amongst Apple's lineup of computers, hence the 13 inch variant received a much needed upgrade – Retina Display feature.
Commenting at the launch, Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing was quoted saying “The 13-inch MacBook Pro is our most popular Mac, and today it gets completely reinvented with a new thin and light design, fast flash storage and a gorgeous Retina display. With vivid colors, razor sharp text and more pixels than anyone else’s 15 or 17-inch notebooks, the Retina display completely changes what you expect from a notebook.”
13.3 inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display features a 13.3 inch display with 2560 x 1600 pixel resolution, which is four times the number of pixels than the earlier version. Also, the MacBook Pro is 20% thinner than its predecessor measuring only 0.75 inch in thickness.
Further, it is equipped with a 2.5GHz Intel Core i5 processor, which can be upgraded to a 2.9GHz Intel Core i7 processor, Intel HD Graphics 4000, 8GB of 1600 MHz memory and up to 768GB of flash storage.
The 13 inch MacBook Pro with Retina display comes packed with a OS X Mountain Lion, FaceTime HD camera, dual microphones, improved speakers, three-stream 802.11n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0 and a MagSafe 2 power port. Moreover, the battery equipped in the device delivers a backup of up to 7 hours of Wi-Fi usage and a standby of up to 30 days.
Pricing & Availability
There will be two models of 13.3 inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display. One with a 2.5GHz dual-core Core i5 processor, 8GB of memory, and 128GB of flash storage is priced at Rs 114,900 in India whereas the other model with the same processor and memory configuration, but with 256GB of flash storage is priced at Rs 134,900. Apple also offers configuration options wherein consumers can upgrade to Core i7 processors and 768GB of flash storage.
The new 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display is now available on pre-order from the Apple website.
MacBook Pro with Retina Display has many new features that are never seen before. Check out the top features of the device below.
The 13.3 inch display in the device with a resolution of 2560 x 1600 pixels makes the results stunning as it packs over 4 million pixels on the 13 inch display. The images are displayed with a next level of realism and the text is sharp. Moreover, the Retina Display reduces the glare by about 75%, thereby resulting in more color and contrast. The IPS technology paves way for wide viewing angles adding more benefits to the rich and vibrant display.
All Flash Architecture
Apple built the new MacBook Pro with Retina Display with a brand new, all-flash architecture, which makes storing and recalling files dramatically quicker and performing actions significantly faster. Starting up, launching apps and navigating across the desktop are all extremely smooth and responsive. Apple claims that the performance is four times faster than the original MacBook Pro due to the flash storage. And flash storage is extremely energy efficient, which means your MacBook Pro can have a standby of about a month without the necessity of charging.
The cloud storage service of Apple - iCloud lets consumers store content and access content including music, photos, calendars, contacts, documents and more across Mac, iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.
Multi-touch Trackpad and Backlit Keyboard
Multi-touch trackpad is an essential part of Mac as it allows using realistic and intuitive gestures, switch between apps, navigate your content and get the most out of the desktop. The large multi-touch trackpad with all-glass button surface is easy to tap, pinch, swipe and click away comfortably.
Further, the in-built sensor detects changes in ambient light conditions and adjusts the keyboard and display brightness automatically.
Also, the device has all the necessary ports and slots including two Thunderbolt and two USB 3.0 ports that allow users to connect to multiple displays and high-performance devices and a new HDMI port offers quick connectivity to an HDTV.
These ports lets consumers take the advantage of connecting the Macbook Pro to anything including external displays, RAID arrays, video capture devices, FireWire peripherals and Gigabit Ethernet networks.