Apple Launches 13-inch MacBook Pro With Retina Display And New iMac With Fusion Drive


24.10.2012

Apple Launches 13-inch MacBook Pro With Retina Display And New iMac With Fusion Drive

Apple launched on Tuesday the new MacBook Pro with 13-inch display which received Retina Display technology, a panel used so far exclusively by the 15-inch model.

Basically the Retina Display has four times more pixels than the precious version and a density of 227 ppi, but the screen reflections have been reduced with 75% and it has a view angle of 178 degrees.

The MacBook Pro also received a change in design, as Apple has ditched the optical drive (a component that is almost useless nowadays) in order to reduce its with with 20%, but the connectors remained unchanged: two Thunderbolt ports, two USB 3.0 ports, HDMI, card reader SD, MagSafe 2 and 3.5 mm jack.

Fortunately, the illuminated keyboard is still full-size, the compromise made by Apple being the replacement of the speakers that now lay in the top end.

The hardware platform is based on Intely IvyBridge technology, and the entry-level version includes an Intel Core i5 processor clocked at 2.5 GHz, Intel HD Graphics 4000 integrated GPU, 8 GB of RAM and 128 GB of SSD storage.

Even though the amount of RAM is more than you will ever need, the lack of a dedicated video card and the SSD limited to 128 GB for data storage might be a problem for movie, games or music enthusiasts.

Apple announced that the price of this MacBook Pro model is $1699.

For the MacBook Pro model packing a 256 GB SSD you will have to pay $1999, while the top version features an Intel Core i7 processor at 2. GHz, 8 GB of RAm and 768 GB of SSD storage. The price of this model wasn’t announced yet, but I am sure that we are talking about a prohibitive price.

Moreover, the cheapest MacBook Pro 13″ with Retina Display is now $500 more expensive that the previous generation. Since I just mentioned the previous generation, you should know that the 13-inch MacBook Pro with a “normal” screen will still be available for purchase.

Even though the iPad Mini and the iPad fourth generation were the stars of the Apple conference, the Cupetino-based company also announced the new iMac, the famous all-in-one machines. The 21.5-inch model has a resolution of 1,920 x 1,080 pixels, while the 27-inch version has a display resolution of 2,560 x 1,440 pixels.

No matter the display size, the new iMac computers are using Intel Core i5 and Intel Core i7 processors, and, optional, you can get the new Fusion Drive storage solution. A Fusion Drive unit consists of a 128 GB SSD and a 1 TB or 3 TV HDD, both being part of the same storage unit, while the Apple software is capable of automatically storing the operating system and the frequently used apps on the SSD, while the documents, movies and music are stored on HDD.

The iMac 21.5″ price starts at $1,299, packing a 2.7 GHz Intel Core i5 processor, 8 GB of RAM and 1 TB HDD. The 27-inch iMac has a starting price of $1799 and it will become available for purchase in December, just in time for the Christmas shopping rush.

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