Nov 082012


Apple finally released a 13-inch model that has similar class specs of the 15-inch MacBook Pro. We all know how great and durable a MacBook is which is why it attracts more and more consumers to buy it. Now the latest version of the Macbook Pro has the Retina Display technology that promises the same amazing visuals as the iPad and the iPhone. The latest MacBook Pro very well may entice you to sell your iPad or iPhone just to have it! Anyway, so what’s new with the 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro?


clip_image004The weight of this new Apple laptop is 3.57 pounds, with a width of 12.35 inches and thickness of 8.62 inches. This smaller model is a powerhouse that easily fits in your bag. This new Retina Display MacBook Pro is obviously thinner, lighter, and narrower than any previous model.

There are some missing features that are present in the 15-inch Retina Display MacBook Pro however. The new model loses the graphics options, having instead the Intel HD Graphics 4000. You can still power two external displays though, with the combination of two Thunderbolt ports and an HDMI. You can also run the laptop’s display simultaneously.

The storage options include 256 GB, 512 GB, and 768 GB hard drive, with 128 GB flash storage. It runs on the 2.5 GHz Core i5 dual-core processor (instead of the Core i7 quad-core of the 15-inch model. You can get the Core i7 if you pay extra, but you will still get the dual-core and not the quad-core.

Everything else is the same as the 15-inch model. All the ports, the 720p webcam and the wireless connectivity are the same. It also has the 15-inch MacBook Pro’s backlit keyboard and sizable trackpad, two USB 3.0, a headphone jack, and an SDXC memory card slot. Wi-Fi a/b/g/n and Bluetooth 4.0 are also available on this latest model.


The Retina Display of the 13-inch MacBook Pro is lower than the 15-inch’s. It has a resolution of 2560 by 1600 (compared to the 15-inch’s 2880 by 1800). However, because of its smaller size, it has a higher pixel density with 227 PPI, compared to the 15-inch’s 220 PPI. Although there are differences in terms of the display, there seems to be no difference when both laptops are in front of you. With this kind of display, I would rather sell the iPad to have this new Mac in my opinion.

Speed and Performance

To make it short, if you are looking for a Mac to use for serious graphics and video editing, go for the 15-inch Retina Display MacBook Pro. This is not to say that the smaller Mac is not good for such activities. This is just because the standalone GPU uses dividends. Besides those kinds of activities require more power, even though the 13-inch model has the same Intel HD 4000 chip.

Battery Life

The battery of the 13-inch model is smaller than the 15-inch’s (74-watt-hour versus 95-watt-hour). You can use it for up to seven hours of surfing the Internet or just leave it for 30 days on standby. However, the 13-inch MacBook Pro is still easier to transport since its 60-watt MagSafe 2 power adapter is smaller than the 15-inch’s.

Trixie Clark
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  • Carolyn Nicander Mohr

    Excellent and thorough review, Yvette. I wonder how many people will buy on specs versus what they are looking for in size. I don’t have a Retina display MBP, but am impressed with them, both the sharpness of the screen images and the thinness of the hardware.