The 13-inch Macbook Pro with Retina Display joins its bigger 15-inch sibling with the distinction of having the highest resolution found on any laptop. Announced during today’s Apple Media Event, the new 13.3 inch MBP has a Retina Display with 2560 x 1600 pixels (the 15-inch version has 2880 x 1800 pixels), which is nearly double the pixels found on an HDTV. The screen has 29% higher contrast ratio, 75% reduced reflection, IPS technology for 178 degree viewing angle and 300 nit brightness. Just as impressive is that it’s only 0.75 inch thick and weighs 3.57 pounds, nearly a pound lighter than its 13-inch predecessor.
The updated 13-inch MacBook Pros come with flash storage (gone are the traditional Serial ATA hard drives), dual-core Ivy Bridge processors and the faster integrated Intel HD Graphics 4000 chip. Meanwhile, the battery life is rated at 7 hours. The basic configuration (2.5GHz dual-core Intel Core i5, 8GB of RMA, 128 Flash storage) starts at $1699 and both models can be configured with up to 768 GB of flash storage.
The 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display is now available and shipping today from Apple.com.