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Apple announces 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display, refreshed Mac Mini, new iMac


October 23, 2012

The 2560 x 1600 display has 227 pixels per inch

The 2560 x 1600 display has 227 pixels per inch

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You know what they say: you come for the iPad Mini, but you stay for the Retina MacBook Pro (or something like that). At today's iPad Mini event in San Jose, Apple pulled back the curtain on a new (smaller) version of its sexiest Mac, and updates to its two most popular desktop Macs.

Retina MacBook

The MacBook Pro with Retina Display – previously only available with a 15-inch display – was today released in a 13-inch form factor. Like its big brother, the laptop is thinner than the standard MacBook Pro (which is still around at a cheaper price point), but not as thin as the MacBook Air. Like the Air, it lacks an optical drive, and sports a solid state drive (SSD) in place of a hard drive with moveable parts. The device is 0.75 inch thin, and weighs just 3.5 lbs (1.6 kg).

Its killer feature is its display. The 13.3-inch display packs a resolution of 2560 x 1600, which gives it a pixel density of 227 ppi. Apple heralded the device as the "second highest resolution notebook display," second to its 15-inch cousin.

The base version of the 13-inch model ships with a dual core 2.5 GHz Intel Core i5 processor. Its storage options, however, are a bit different: it adds a smaller 128GB SSD option, in addition to the 256 GB and 512 GB models. The 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro starts at $1,699 for the 128 GB base model. It starts shipping today.

Mac mini

The Mac Mini was also updated, to include dual core Ivy Bridge processors. The base model sports a 2.5 GHz dual core CPU, with 4 GB of RAM, and a 500 GB hard drive, and costs US$599. An upgraded model with a quad core i7 and 1 TB hard drive is marked at $799.


Apple also pulled back the curtain on a new iMac, which brings its first redesign in years. The big feature is its new thinner form factor. Unlike the new MacBook Pro, the iMac doesn't have a Retina Display (that may have to wait another year or so). Apple is touting the all-in-one's improved LCD, which it says is 75 percent less reflective.

Apple also announced a new storage option for the iMac called Fusion Drive. It combines 128 GB SSD with a 500 GB or 1TB HDD. What separates Apple's Fusion Drive from other hybrid HDD/SSD PCs is that OS X Mountain Lion intelligently determines (in the background) which drive to use for which applications.

The 21.5-inch iMac – with 2.5GHz quad core i5, 8 GB of RAM, and 1 TB hard drive – starts at US$1,299, and ships in November. The 27-inch model starts at $1,799, and ships in December.

Source: Apple

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Will Shanklin Will Shanklin is Gizmag's Mobile Tech Editor, and has been part of the team since 2012. Before finding a home at Gizmag, he had stints at a number of other sites, including Android Central, Geek and the Huffington Post. Will has a Master's degree from U.C. Irvine and a Bachelor's from West Virginia University. He currently lives in New Mexico with his wife, Jessica. All articles by Will Shanklin
1 Comment

One aspect that changed on the Mac Mini, that I haven't seen anywhere, is the video card on the upgraded unit. Previous to this current iteration, they had the AMD Radeon HD 6630M graphics, but have removed this as an option. For those who might need the additional power (read gamers), this may not have been the best choice. Maybe someone at Apple will see there are people interested in the add-on video, and again add it to their choices. Hopefully!


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