Apple MacBook Pro Launched With 13" Retina Display; Starts At Rs 115,000

Powered by Intel dual-core Core i5 and i7 CPUs with 8 GB of RAM; lacks optical drive and discrete graphics.


Apple has announced the new MacBook Pro sporting a 13" Retina Display with pixel dimensions of 2560x1600, yielding 227 ppi. This is four times as many pixels as on its (non-Retina) predecessor. The IPS panel claims to have a viewing angle of 178 degrees, is 75% less reflective, has a brightness of 300 nits, and a 29% higher contrast ratio. The chassis is apparently 20% thinner, with a thickness of 0.75"; it weighs 1.6 kg, which makes it the lightest MacBook Pro ever.

The device runs Mountain Lion. It comes in models powered by Intel Core i5 or i7 dual-core CPUs, both with 8 GB of RAM. You get up to 768 GB of SSD storage built in. Asymmetric Li-ion batteries provide backup of up to 7 hours. The bezel sports a FaceTime HD camera. The keypad is backlit. The new MacBook Pro has a glass multi-touch trackpad. Some of the other specs include two Thunderbolt ports, a USB 3 port, stereo speakers, headphone jack, and dual microphones. Wireless connectivity comes in the form of Bluetooth 4.0 and Wi-Fi 802.11n.

On the downside, there is no optical drive, and the MacBook Pro still doesn't feature discrete graphics — using integrated Intel HD Graphics 4000 instead, possibly to conserve battery power. This may not be a good thing, as the ultra-high resolution may be hard to handle for graphics-intensive applications such as Photoshop.

The base model of the 13" MacBook Pro with a 2.5 GHz Intel Core i5, 8 GB of RAM, and 128 GB SSD is now available in India for Rs 115,000 (as againt the US price of $1700, or approx Rs 91,000). If you choose the 256 GB SSD, other specifications remaining the same, the price goes up to Rs 135,000. There will also be a 2.9 GHz Core i7 variant with 768 GB SSD that will surely cost a lot more.

With Intel Ultrabooks making their presence felt, it will be tough going for this set of Apple devices if the prices don't go down!

Apple MacBook Pro Launched With 13" Retina Display; Starts At Rs 115,000

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