Great news for anyone who’s lusted after the gorgeous retina display on the MacBook Pro but has been hesitant to drop the best part of two-grand or make room for a 15-inch laptop. Apple has officially announced a 13-inch version of its portable workstation with a 2560 x 1600 Retina Display which is just a slight drop in resolution.
In fact, with the 13-inch model you’ll only be sacrificing a chunk of resolution that’s just 320 x 200 pixels in size. 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.
Like with previous versions of the MacBook Pro the 13-inch Retina Display model comes in two configurations priced at £1,449 and £1,699. The cheaper £1,449 model includes a 2.5GHz quad-core Intel Core i5 processor, 8GB of memory, a 128GB SSD drive. And the £1,699 step-up boosts the processor speed with a quad-core Intel Core i7 processor and increases the SSD drive’s capacity to 768GB.
A little disappointing, particularly for multimedia professionals interested in using the new MacBook Pros as mobile workstations, is the choice to dumb down the graphics card to the Intel HD Graphics 4000 chipset. For comparison, the original 15-inch Retina Display MacBook Pros pack an NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M graphics card with 1GB of memory to power its pixel-packed display.
Both models will be available for order on the Apple website following the presentation, and both are shipping today. [Apple]