13-inch Retina MacBook Pro price to start at $1,699

13-inch MacBook Pro

Apple laptop seekers reluctant to drop a price crossing $2,000, can meet the 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display. We’re not sure why Cupertino chose to leave this smaller variant out of the launch schedule back in June, but it’s better late that costlier.

The highlighted feature of the device is the screen, of course. Spanning through 13.3 inches, it reproduces images in a 2560 x 1600 native resolution at 227ppi. Customers get to choose between 2.5GHz dual core Intel Core i5 and 2.9GHz dual core Intel Core i7 processors as well as 128GB, 512GB and 768GB flash storage. On the onboard memory front, only 8GB 1600MHz DDR3L is available, hardly something most people may be found complaining about.

The ports littering the sleek new 13-inch MacBook Pro cover three for USB 3.0, a MagSafe 2 terminal, a couple of Thunderbolt ports and one each for HDMI and earphones. An SDXC card slot, 802.11n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, Intel HD Graphics 4000, dual microphones, a FaceTime HD webcam and OS X Mountain Lion are part of the specifications too. Lastly, the integrated 74-watt-hour lithium-polymer battery is said to deliver roughly 7 hours of web browsing over Wi-Fi.

MacBook With Retina Display

The 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro with will be vended for a tag of $1,699 or higher, depending on the user-selected configuration. Merely bumping the CPU and storage capacity to the highest available options takes the cost up to a whopping $3,199. In India, the notebook is marked up at Rs. 1,14,900 for the base model. Unlike the iPad mini and fourth generation Apple tablet, it’s already up for purchase.