New baby MacBook Pro gets Retina display

2012-10-23 22:45
Apple store Beijing (Picture: AP)

Apple store Beijing (Picture: AP)

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San Jose - Apple is introducing a new 13-inch (33cm) MacBook Pro laptop that has a "Retina" display, with four times the resolution of the previous model.

The new model follows a 15-inch (38cm) MacBook Pro with a Retina display introduced this summer, and will start at $1 699. Apple's marketing chief Phil Schiller said it will go on sale immediately.

The old MacBook Pro will still be sold, starting at $1 199.

The new model dispenses with an optical drive and a traditional hard drive. Instead, it uses solid-state "flash" memory. This makes it 20% thinner and at 1.7kg, nearly 500g lighter than the previous model.

Apple revealed the new computer at an event in San Jose, California.

The MacBook Pro will be available in SA via the online store and other channels starting at $1 699.

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