Rumors about the Apple event have been spot on as the company has announced a new 13″ MacBook Pro with Retina Display, starting at $1,699. It is 20% thinner than its 13″ predecessor with four times as many pixels per inch which gives it a 2560×1600 display as opposed to the previous 1280×800 display of the non-Retina 13″ MBP. It’s internals are similar to its 15″ sibling, though at 0.75″ thickness, it is 0.04″ thicker than while weighing only 3.57 pounds. It has all the ports the 15″ has which includes two Thunderbolt and two USB 3.0 ports, an HDMI port, SD card slot, 3.5mm headphone jack, and MagSafe 2 power connector
The smaller size does have drawbacks as graphics are limited to the built-in Intel HD 4000, which might have difficulties fully utilizing its 2560×1600 display.
The 13″ MBP uses a 2.5GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 processor that’s upgradeable to a 2.9GHz dual-core i7 with only 8GB RAM. Battery life is expected to last about seven hours. The cheaper $1,699 will have 128GB flash storage while the $1,999 will have 256GB. The new 13″ MacBook Pro with Retina Display are now available and will start shipping today.