Apple Updates Retina Macs With Faster Processors, Drops Pricing Too

Apple quietly and with a press release, reduced the price of the 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display models down to $1399 and $1699, compared to the original retail price of $1699 and $1999, respectively. But that's not all, Apple has also bumped up the processor speeds for both the 13-inch and 15-inch Retina MacBook Pros.

The 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display now starts at $1,499 for 128GB of flash, and $1,699 for a new 2.6 GHz processor and 256GB of flash. The 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display now features a faster 2.4 GHz quad-core processor, and the top-of-the-line 15-inch notebook comes with a new 2.7 GHz quad-core processor and 16GB of memory.

Apple also reduced the pricing on the high-end 13-inch MacBook Air with a 256GB SSD by $100, which now costs $1399.

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The 13-inch MacBook Pro Joins The Retina Team

Rumors have been running rampant and spreading like wild fire when it comes to Apple products, and the latest 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro was no exception. The day the 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro was announced, many people were disappointed that there wasn't a 13-inch model, considering how the little brother of the Macbook Pro lineup is the most sought after. As of today, people looking for the 13-inch to go Retina can bathe in its glory soon enough. 

Coming in at a 2,560 x 1,600 resolution, the new 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro will join in the race to become thinnest and fastest laptop on the market. While there have been no significant changes to the internal specs of the machine, other than the choice of up to 768GB of flash storage and flash storage only, the 13-inch Retina will stun you with its exterior design. Weighing only 3.57 pounds due to it being 20% thinner than the old MacBook Pro, fans of the Pro lineup can finally be satisfied. If you recall, the 13-inch MacBook Pros had speakers placed underneath the keyboard itself, rendering the audio quality and volume to be less than impressive, but now, Apple has changed the placement of the speakers to fire besides the uniquely designed ventilation ports, which should drastically improve audio quality. 

The base model 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro will begin at $1,699 and will come with a 128GB flash storage, 8GB of RAM, an Intel dual-core Ivy Bridge processor, and Intel HD Graphics 4000. These are available right now on the Apple Online Store.