At a special event on 23rd October used to announce the new iPad mini, Apple also unveiled a new 13in MacBook Pro with Retina display. It joins the 15in MacBook Pro with Retina display launched June this year as the only notebook with a photographic-quality screen.

Apple MacBook Pro 13in with Retina display

The 13in MacBook Pro with Retina display closely follows the specifications of the 15in Retina model, featuring two Thunderbolt ports, HDMI, two USB 3.0 and MagSafe 2 power connector on its Unibody all-aluminium frame. Gigabit ethernet is once again not offered, nor an optical drive.

In place of the quad-core Intel Core i7, the 13in Retina MacBook Pro takes a dual-core Intel Core i5 as standard, running at 2.5GHz, scaling up to 3.1GHz in Turbo mode.

Optionally, it can be configured with a faster 2.9GHz Core i7 to order for an additional £160. The latter is still dual-core, but scales up to 3.6GHz in Turbo mode.

Apple MacBook Pro 13in with Retina display - side

Priced from £1449, it includes 128GB of solid-state storage, or can be configured with 256GB for £1699. Maximum storage capacity will be 768GB, the same as the 15in Retina MacBook Pro. The largest storage option carries a £1050 premium.

Driving the 2560 x 1600-pixel IPS display is the HD Graphics 4000 graphics processor within the Intel Core processor. Up to two additional displays can be connected, each of the same 2560 x 1600 resolution.

For the built-in screen, it’s possible to scale resolution to 1024 x 640, 1440 x 900, up to 1680 x 1050 pixels, in addition to the 1280 x 800 ‘best’ resolution.

The 13in Retina Mac has 8GB of 1600MHz memory, with no other options currently listed.

In contrast to the 18mm thickness of the 15in MacBook Pro with Retina display, the 13in version is 19mm. Its width and depth are 314 and 219mm respectively, and it weighs 1.62kg, against the 2.02kg of the 15in notebook.

Wireless connectivity remains dual-band 802.11a/b/g/n and Bluetooth 4.0. Like other refreshes of the Mac line at this event, the latest networking technology of 802.11ac is yet to be seen on the Mac platform.

See: new Mac mini, new iMac

The 13in Apple MacBook Pro with Retina display is available from 23rd October 2012.