Apple Delivers Holiday Goodies
Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) announced a 13-inch version of its MacBook Pro with Retina display on Tuesday to join the 15-inch version of the notebook first introduced in June at the company’s developers’ conference. At its media event on Tuesday, the company also announced a redesigned iMac desktop with a thinner profile and a more powerful Mac mini.
The 13.3-inch screen displays 227 pixels per inch at a 2560 x 1600 screen resolution. At 0.75-inch thick, it is 0.04 inches thicker than the 15-inch model, though it weighs only 3.57 pounds. It has two Thunderbolt and two USB 3.0 ports, an HDMI port, an SD card slot, a 3.5mm headphone jack, and MagSafe 2 power connector, and comes equipped with a FaceTime HD camera, dual microphones, and stereo speakers. The machine does not have a discrete graphics card.
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The smaller version of the high-definition MacBook Pro, which begins shipping on Tuesday, will start at $1,699 for a 2.5GHz dual-core Intel (NASDAQ:INTC) Core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM, and 128GB of flash storage. That starting price is $500 less than the base price of the 15-inch version. The 256GB model will start at $1,999, and there will be options to add up to a 2.9GHz dual-core Intel i7 processor and 768GB of flash storage.
The new iMac integrates the display and all components into a single unit and is 5 millimeters thick at the edges. The 21.5-inch and 1920 x 1080 iMac will start at $1,299, while the 27-inch and 2560 x 1440 display version starts at $1,799. Both machines have 178-degree viewing angles, Core i5 or i7 processors, up to 3TB of storage, and four USB 3.0 ports. They also include Apple’s new Fusion Drive, which incorporates the option of 128GB SSD and a 1TB or 3TB hard drive “together with the software.”
The company also updated it Mac mini line, with Phil Schiller taking a dig at the recent rumors of an iPad mini by telling the audience at the California Theatre, “You knew there’d be something called Mini at this presentation, didn’t you?”
The Mac mini line, which comes without a display, received a new Intel Ivy Bridge processor. It starts at $599, with the cheapest model including a 2.5Ghz dual-core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM, and a 500GB hard drive. The mini will have the HD 4000 integrated graphics of the 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display as well as the new Fusion Drive.