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13-inch Macbook Pro with Retina display (2013) Review

13rMBP2013There are some products that are great, and then there are some that just hit that elusive sweet spot. Last week, I picked up the newest version of the 13-inch Macbook Pro with Retina display (rMBP), Apple’s latest and greatest laptop. Here are the specs of the mid range model ($1499):

  • 2.4GHz dual-core Intel Core i5
  • 8GB of RAM
  • 256GB PCIe-based flash storage
  • Intel Iris Graphics
  • Nine hour battery life
  • 802.11ac WiFi, 3.46 pounds, 0.71 inches thick

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Round Two: Apple’s October Event

Right after announcing two iPhones during yesterday’s September event, Apple is gearing up for another major event in late October, according to our sources. Apple is preparing to unveil a full slate of updated devices on October 22, right before the holiday rush begins.

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Apple announces 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display

Apple finally unveiled the 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro today, ending months of speculation about the new machine.

Like it’s 15-inch brother, which was announced at WWDC back in June, the 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro sports an ultra-thin design achieved by removing the SuperDrive. The machine measures just 0.75 inches thick and weighs only 3.57 lbs. The Retina display measures 13.3 inches with a resolution of 2560 x 1600 pixels. That places the pixel density at 227ppi, slightly higher than the 220ppi of the 15-inch model.

Ports are exactly the same as on the 15-inch model: MagSafe 2, 2 USB 3.0 ports, 2 Thunderbolt ports, an HDMI port, SD card slot, and a 3.5mm headphone jack.

Apple will sell two configurations of the 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display, each with slightly bumped specs. The base model includes a 2.5GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 processor, with 8GB of RAM, 128GB of solid state flash storage, and a $1699 price tag. The high-end model will retail for $1799, and will include the same 2.5GHz i5 processor, 8GB of RAM, and a larger 256GB SSD. Unfortunately, none of the 13-inch models will be available with discrete graphics chips.

The new 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display is available to order now and starts shipping today. If you plan on getting one, order fast!

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Apple Kills Ethernet and FireWire for Next-Gen Pros, Says Thunderbolt Is All You Need

Everyone on a diet knows sacrifices must be made for a thin wasteline, and laptops are no exception. Apple has decided to remove Ethernet and FireWire connectors from the next generation MacBook Pro, opting to instead include two different Thunderbolt ports. Users who don’t want to abandon lag free netwoking and perfectly good accessories will need to shell out for adapters.