Apple’s keynote was packed full of new releases across multiple product lines. That said, aside from the iPad mini, the next biggest update people have been clamoring for is a Retina equipped 13-inch MacBook Pro. Today Apple delivered.

The 13-inch MacBook Pro starts at $1,699 and comes in at just 3.57 lbs – almost a full pound lighter than the previous-gen 13-inch MacBook Pro.

Specs for the base model include a 2.5 GHz quad-core with 128 GB SSD an 8 GB of RAM. Other options/tiers include a 256 GB SSD equipped model (with the same 2.5 GHz processor and RAM as base model) as well as a 13-incher packing a 512 GB SSD and upgraded 2.9 GHz quad-core processor (also same 8 GB of RAM). All of the aforementioned Macs will ship with a 2560 x 1600 Retina display. It’s worth noting that an optional upgrade to a 768 GB SSD is available for purchase. Battery life, as quoted by Apple, is rated at 7-hours despite the massive resolution upgrade. Ports are like the 15-incher – dual-Thunderbolt ports, SD card slot, HDMI, etc. The FaceTime HD (720p) camera from the 15-inch model is here, too.

As for the display, it comes in at 300 nits in brightness, features 29% higher contrast and offers a 178-degree viewing angle.

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We’re curious. If you bought the 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro simply for the display, will you move back to the 13-inch model, add it to your arsenal or are you new to Retina Macs altogether?


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