As anticipated, Apple has introduced a 13″ model of their Retina MacBook Pro weighing in at just 3.5 pounds, the “lightest MacBook Pro ever.” It’s thin, very thin at just 0.75″ thick and a full 1/5th thinner than the older model thanks to the lack of an optical drive. Of course the key factor here is the Retina display and it’s beautiful, so very, very beautiful with 4,096,0000 pixels. You’ll get a FaceTime HD camera, dual mice, stereo speakers and more. The base configuration model will include 8GB of RAM, 128GB SSD drive, 2.5GHz dual-core i5 CPU retailing for $1699.
Not to be forgotten is the Mac Mini which also receives a refresh now including USB 3, a dual or quad-core Core i5 or i7 Ivy Bridge, Intel HD Graphics 4000 and up to 16GB in RAM. The configuration starts with the 2.5GHz dual-core i5 with 4GB of RAM and 500GB HDD for $599.
If the Retina MacBook Pro isn’t exciting you, the new iMac just might with its crazy thin new frame iMac. When I say thin, I mean 5mm edge on the side and 80% thin the previous generation iMac shedding close to 8 pounds than the last model. Can you say thin? Apple used “friction stir wielding” to put it all together resulting in a stronger aluminum frame.
There are 2 sizes with a 21.5 inch model with a 1920 x 1080 display or 27-inch model with a 2560×1440 display. You can grab up to 768 GB in flash memory, or 3 terabytes of hard drive storage and up to 32 GB RAM all with four USB 3.0 ports and Thunderbolt technology.
There’s a new option with the iMac and Mac Mini as well with a new Fusion drive option featuring 128 GB of flash memory plus either 1TB or 3TB hard drive…fused together in software.
The base configuration 21.5-inch iMac model with a 2.7GHz i5 processor, 8GB RAM, and a 1TB HDD is the base model priced $1,299. The new iMac models start shipping next month.