13-inch MacBook Pro dons a new Retina Display for $1,699

At its big event on Tuesday, Apple introduces a more affordable, 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display technology.

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Retina-display loving Apple fans rejoice. Apple's rumored 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display is here.

Apple announced the smaller version of its high-end laptop with the sharper-resolution Retina Display at its event today in San Jose, Calif.

Apple already offers a 15-inch version of the laptop with the Retina Display. And now it offers the same sharp screen for its smaller 13-inch sibling. The notebook also comes with the same dual Thunderbolt I/O connectors, as well as an SD card slot and HDMI out port found on the bigger 15-inch model. It's 20 percent skinnier than any other MacBook on the market, and it only weighs 3.57 pounds.

On the inside, the new MacBook Pro has a dual-core i5 or i7 Ivy Bridge processors, depending on configuration. And it comes with a 7-hour battery, up to 768GB of Flash memory, and 8GB of RAM plus Intel HD 4000 Graphics. Additional specs include a FaceTime HD camera, stereo speakers, and a backlit keyboard.

The 13-inch MacBook Pro Retina Display has 2,560x1,600 pixels.

The price of the new 13-inch MacBook Pro starts at $1,699 for 2.5Ghz dual-core i5 processor with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of memory. That's a full $500 less than the 15-inch MacBook Pro. But it's $500 more expensive than the non-Retina MacBook Pro of the same size.

Rumors have been bubbling up for the past couple of weeks that Apple would introduce the new Retina Display MacBook. Photos of a working version of the laptop were posted last week by the Chinese Web site WeiPhone . The 2,560x1,600 resolution displays have supposedly been in production by manufacturers since August, according to NPD DisplaySearch analyst Richard Shim .

Apple's new 13-inch MacBook Pro comes with plenty of ports. james Martin/CNET

Updated 10:40 am PT: This story was updated with further specs and pricing information.

 

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