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Three Guys and a Podcast: Apple News & Analysis

October 19, 2012 at 12:08pm Pacific Time
by: Karl Johnson
Categories: MacBook, Products

Mbp2012-step1-macbookpro-select-heroApple's new MacBook Pro 13-inch with Retina Display is expect to be released next month. Reports predict it will start at $1699 for a base model, which is a $500 premium over the current MacBook Pro 13-inch. The resolution is also predicted to be the same as a 30-inch Cinema Display, 2560x1600.

The technical specifications have not been leaked, but can be easily predicted by looking at the Current MacBook Pros and the new MacBook Pro 15-inch Retina.

Most of the specs should be similar to the current MacBook Pro 15-inch Retina except the graphics configuration. Apple has historically crippled the 13-inch MacBook Pro with Intel’s built-in graphics processor. These built-in Intel GPUs (Graphics Processor Units) do not compare to the discreet chips from AMD or Nvidia. This is why Apple always adds a discreet GPU for the 15-inch MacBook Pros. Yet, for some reason Apple chooses not to add one to the 13-inch, or even make it an option. But Apple may choose to give the 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina the Intel HD4000 GPU...

The 13-inch MacBook Pro is an ideal size for a laptop. The 15-inch is too big to carry when traveling and the 11-inch is too small for professional work. Apple needs to add the a discreet graphics option for those who want to work on more graphics intensive tasks on their 13-inch without having to go up a size. Hopefully Apple will see this and meet the needs users want, and match up the $1,699 price point with specs it should include.

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