Apple introduces 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina


by Associated Press

Posted on October 23, 2012 at 3:27 PM

Updated Tuesday, Oct 23 at 3:30 PM

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) -- Apple is introducing a new 13-inch MacBook Pro laptop that has a "Retina" display, with four times the resolution of the previous model. 

The new model follows a 15-inch 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 percent thinner and at 3.75 pounds, nearly a pound lighter than the previous model. 

Apple revealed the new computer at an event in San Jose, Calif., where it also revealed a smaller iPad and updated the full-sized one.

Apple reveals iPad Mini

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) -- Apple is revealing a smaller version of its hit iPad tablet computer, with a screen that's about two-thirds the size of the full-size model. 

It weighs 0.68 pounds, half as much as the full-size iPad, and is as thin as a pencil, said Apple Inc. marketing chief Phil Schiller at an event in San Jose, Calif. 

The screen resolution is 1024 by 768 pixels, the same as the iPad 2 and a quarter of the resolution of the third-generation iPad. 

"It's not just a shrunken down iPad, it's an entirely new design," Schiller said. 

Company watchers have for a year been expecting the company to release a smaller iPad to counter cheaper tablets like Inc.'s Kindle Fire.