Apple MacBook Pro with Retina Display (13.3-inch) comparison

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Apple MacBook Pro with Retina Display (13.3-inch)

Apple MacBook Pro with Retina Display (13.3-inch)
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Apple MacBook Pro with Retina Display (2013, 15-inch screen)

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Apple MacBook Air (13-inch, 2013)

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Price $1,999 at 1 store $1,649 at 1 store $879 to $899 at 2 stores
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Release date September 11, 2012 June 03, 2013 June 10, 2013 June 10, 2013
The Bottom Line While the Retina MacBook Pro is easily the most desirable 13-inch Mac laptop to date, the high price and lack of discrete graphics make it a tough call versus either the more powerful 15-inch Retina Pro or the more affordable 13-inch Air. The slimmer body and higher-res screen of the original Retina MacBook Pro were a revolutionary leap. This revamp adds modest internal upgrades for modest improvements, but price cuts to both the 13-inch and 15-inch models sweeten the deal. Apple keeps the latest MacBook Air updates on the inside, but greatly improved battery life and a lower starting price make up for a lack of flashy design changes.

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Product Description Apple MacBook Pro MacBook Pro (fall 2012) - 13.3 in - 3rd Gen Core i5 - Apple Mac OS X Mountain Lion - 8 GB RAM - 128 GB
SSD
- 15.4 in - 4th gen Core i7 - 8 GB RAM - 256 GB SSD
MacBook Air - 128 GB
Apple MacBook Air - 13.3 in - Core i5 - Apple OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion - 4 GB RAM Flash storage SSD
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Packaged Quantity 1
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Software Included Apple iCal
Apple QuickTime
Apple iTunes
Apple Spotlight
Drivers & Utilities
Apple Address Book
Apple Safari
Apple Mac App Store
Apple Launchpad
Apple Mission Control
Apple FaceTime
Apple iLife
Apple Time Machine
Apple Quick Look
Photo Booth
Apple Mac OS X Mail
Apple Versions
Apple AirDrop
Apple Auto Save
Apple Resume
Info unavailable Apple QuickTime
Apple iTunes
Apple Dashboard
Notification Center
Drivers & Utilities
Apple iLife '11
Apple Safari
Apple DVD Player
Apple Mac App Store
Apple Launchpad
Apple Mission Control
Apple FaceTime
Apple Automator
Apple Image Capture
Apple Dictionary
Apple Calculator
Apple Preview
Apple System Preferences
Apple TextEdit
Apple Stickies
Reminders
Apple Time Machine
Calendar
Contacts
Notes
Dictation
iCloud
Photo Booth
Messages
Apple AirPlay
Game Center
Apple Mac OS X Chess
Apple Mac OS X Mail
Apple AirDrop
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Battery up to 7 hour(s)
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System Type Notebook
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Display 13.3 in 2560 x 1600
LED backlight
15.4 in 2880 x 1800
13.3 in LED backlight 1440 x 900 / WXGA+
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Graphics Intel HD Graphics 4000
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Operating System Apple Mac OS X Mountain Lion
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Storage 128 GB
SSD
256 GB SSD
128 GB
Flash storage SSD
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Dimensions (WxDxH) 12.4 in x 8.6 in x 0.7 in
14.13 in x 9.73 in x 0.71 in
12.8 in x 8.9 in x 0.7 in
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Weight 3.57 lbs
4.46 lbs
3 lbs
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Optical Drive Info unavailable Info unavailable None
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Networking 802.11n None
Bluetooth 4.0
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802.11ac
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Processor Intel 3rd Gen Core i5 2.5 GHz
( 3.1 GHz ) / 3 MB Cache
Intel 4th gen Core i7 2 GHz / 6 MB Cache
Intel
Core i5 4 1.3 GHz ( 2.6 GHz ) / 3 MB Cache
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Memory 8 GB
DDR3L SDRAM
8 GB
4 GB LPDDR3 SDRAM
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