By Ben Bowers
on 10.23.12
Photo by Apple

After flipping the middle finger to the rest of the laptop market with the MacBook Pro Retina last summer, it was only a matter of time before Apple’s Midas touch turned to the smaller 13-inch companion. The new Apple MacBook Pro 13-inch Retina ($1,699+) has received the same innovations: a smaller body, a retina display and enhanced internals. Specifically, the latest gen measures just .75-inches thick and weighs 3.5 pounds — making it 20% thinner and a full pound lighter than the regular 13-incher. In this case, Retina translates to a 2560 x 1600 IPS display, for a tasty PPI of 227 and over four times the number of pixels as the non-retina screen. Apple also claims the primo display reduces glare by up to 75% and boasts a 29% higher contrast for a better viewing experience all around. Internals come in the form of an Intel 2.5GHz core i5 or 2.9GHz i7 processor, Intel HD Graphics 4000, 8GB of ram and, of course, SSD storage options up to a whopping 768GB. Prices begin at $1,699 and the new machine starts shipping today. The ball’s in your court, MacBook Air.

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