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13-Inch Retina MacBook Pro Starts at 128 GB Flash Storage, Mac Mini Goes Quad-Core

9to5Mac reports that it has received information on three models of the 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro launching today. According to sources, the machines appear to use the same 2.5 GHz and 2.9 GHz processors found in the non-Retina models, and like the 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro all of the 13-inch Retina models start at 8 GB of RAM.

Unlike the 15-inch lineup, however, the entry-level 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro will come with 128 GB of flash storage, with higher-end standard models moving up to 256 GB and 512 GB of storage. The 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro starts at 256 GB of storage.
- 2.5 GHz, 128GB of Flash storage, 8GB of RAM
- 2.5 GHz, 256 GB of Flash storage, 8GB of RAM
- 2.9 GHz, 512GB of Flash storage, 8GB of RAM

Pricing on the 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro is said to start at approximately $1699, a $500 premium over the non-Retina model. For that premium, users will receive a Retina display, 128 GB of flash storage instead of a 500 GB traditional hard drive, and a bump from 4 GB of RAM to 8 GB. The Retina version of course also comes in a thinner form factor that omits the optical drive and Ethernet and FireWire ports.

The site has also received details on the new Mac mini models coming out today, with the high-end models now moving to quad-core processors. As with the existing lineup, there are two standard configurations and a server configuration.
- 2.5 GHz dual-core, 4GB RAM, 500GB Hard drive
- 2.3 GHz quad-core, 4GB RAM, 1TB Hard drive
- Server: 2.3 GHz quad-core 4GB of RAM, 2TB Hard drive
The new Mac mini models should retain the current pricing and gain build-to-order RAM options of up to 16 GB.

Related roundups: Mac mini, MacBook Pro

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28 months ago
I only want Apple to release an updated iMac so people on here will shut up already.
Rating: 49 Votes
28 months ago
$1699 is way too much if it only has a 128GB SSD.
Rating: 25 Votes
28 months ago
$500 premium and only 128GB of storage?!

You are becoming a joke Apple. This is not a "Pro" product at all. Just a gimmick.
Rating: 19 Votes
28 months ago
128 Gig SSD in a "pro" computer?
Rating: 18 Votes
28 months ago

no iMac, no sale.


Thats nice...thanks for sharing that useful comment :rolleyes:
Rating: 16 Votes
28 months ago

128 Gig SSD in a "pro" computer?


Perfect for browsing MacRumors and Facebook.
Rating: 16 Votes
28 months ago

No hard drive. No thanks.


:confused:

Why is anyone surprised that the configuration would be flash only given the example of the 15" rMBP?
Rating: 16 Votes
28 months ago

I think you forgot the Retina Display and the bump in RAM as well. For $500 you get:

Retina Display
SSD
Twice the RAM
Dedicated VRAM (Rumor).

Not a bad deal.


No. Just no.

You can get an aftermarket SSD 550MB/s read/write minimum for under $100 for a 120GB model. 16GB RAM costs something like $50 these days.

So basically, you are paying $350 for a screen that the hardware is too underpowered to produce satisfactory performance.
Rating: 14 Votes
28 months ago
Quad-Core Mac mini? Holy cow, time to sell the spare kidney.
Rating: 12 Votes
28 months ago
I'm just hoping they bumped up the graphics ram in the mac minis... 256mb doesn't do much these days....
Rating: 9 Votes

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