Aaron PereiraOct 24, 2012 00:09:00 IST
Apple today introduced a new version of its popular 13-inch MacBook Pro featuring Retina Display, and all-flash storage, in a new compact design. Measuring 0.75 inches across the entire body and weighing a 3.57 pounds, the portable 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display is 20 percent thinner, and almost a pound lighter than the current 13-inch MacBook Pro.
Schiller shows of the new 13-inch MacBook Pro
“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,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. “With vivid colours, 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.”
As per an official statement by Apple, the new MacBook Pro packs in more than 4 million pixels into its 13-inch Retina display, which is nearly twice the number of pixels in an HD television. At 227 pixels per inch (ppi), the Retina display’s pixel density is so high the human eye is unable to distinguish individual pixels at a normal viewing distance. This makes images look sharp and text to look the way it does on a printed page. With four times the pixels of the current 13-inch MacBook Pro, you can view and edit video in pixel-accurate HD and see a new level of detail in high resolution images. Apple claims that the 13-inch Retina display uses IPS technology for a 178-degree wide viewing angle and has 75 percent less reflection and 29 percent higher contrast than the current generation.
Featuring flash storage that Apple claims is up to four times faster than a traditional notebook hard drives, the new MacBook Pro has faster response times.
FaceTime HD camera included here
The 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display features 2.5GHz Intel Core i5 processors with the option to choose the faster 2.9GHz Intel Core i7 processors, Intel HD Graphics 4000, 8GB of 1600MHz memory, and up to 768GB of flash storage. Two Thunderbolt and two USB 3.0 ports allow users to connect to multiple displays and high-performance devices, and a new HDMI port offers quick connectivity to an HDTV. The 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display also features a FaceTime HD camera, dual microphones, improved speakers, three-stream 802.11n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, and a MagSafe 2 power port.
Apple states that the 13-inch MacBook Pro battery delivers up to 7 hours of wireless productivity and can remain in standby for up to 30 days. With the new Power Nap feature in OS X Mountain Lion, the MacBook Pro with Retina display stays up to date while it sleeps. Power Nap refreshes Mail, Contacts, Calendar, Reminders, and Photo Stream and when the notebook is plugged in, it downloads software updates and backs up the Mac using Time Machine.
Apple claims 7 hours of battery life expected here
The new 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display meets Energy Star 5.2 requirements, and achieves an EPEAT Gold rating. Each unibody enclosure is made of recyclable aluminium and comes standard with energy efficient LED-backlit displays that are mercury-free and made with arsenic-free glass. Apple notebooks contain no brominated flame retardants, are PVC-free and are constructed of recyclable materials.
The new 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display ships with OS X Mountain Lion, bringing Messages, the Notification Center, system-wide Sharing, AirPlay Mirroring, Dictation, Game Center, and the enhanced security of Gatekeeper to the Mac. With iCloud built into the OS X, Mountain Lion makes it easy to keep your content up to date across the Mac, iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.
The 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display is available with a 2.5GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 processor with Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.1GHz, 8GB of memory, and 128GB of flash storage starting at Rs 1,14,900 and with 256GB of flash storage starting at Rs 1,34,900. Configure-to-order options include faster dual-core Intel Core i7 processors and flash storage up to 768GB. Additional technical specifications, configure-to-order options and accessories are available online at www.apple.com/macbook-pro. The 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display is available with immediate effect through Apple Authorized Resellers.