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

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    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.
    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.
    The new Mac mini models should retain the current pricing and gain build-to-order RAM options of up to 16 GB.

    Article Link: 13-Inch Retina MacBook Pro Starts at 128 GB Flash Storage, Mac Mini Goes Quad-Core
  2. GizmoDVD macrumors 68000

    Oct 11, 2008
  3. xero9 macrumors 6502a

    Nov 7, 2006
    I only want Apple to release an updated iMac so people on here will shut up already.
  4. unplugme71 macrumors 68030

    May 20, 2011
    I'd be shocked if the Mac Mini got an update before the iMac. The mini always seemed to be somewhere along the backburner with the Mac Pro.

    Or maybe.. just maybe, the Mac Pro and iMac are coming out and Apple built them in-house to keep others from leaking something revolutionary!
  5. Anthony0224 macrumors newbie

    Jun 6, 2012
    I'm just hoping they bumped up the graphics ram in the mac minis... 256mb doesn't do much these days....
  6. gmanist1000 macrumors 68030


    Sep 22, 2009
  7. simonb76, Oct 23, 2012
    Last edited: Oct 23, 2012

    simonb76 macrumors member

    Jun 5, 2007
    Quad-Core Mac mini? Holy cow, time to sell the spare kidney.
  8. iGrip macrumors 68000


    Jul 1, 2010

    This is good news. Given that the 128G SSD likely costs Apple less than the 500G GB platter drive, and yet sells for more, Apple should make great margins on the machine.

    If it is anything, apple is innovative!
  9. robjulo macrumors 65816

    Jul 16, 2010
  10. phinsup macrumors 6502


    Sep 19, 2008
    Las vegas
  11. rmwebs macrumors 68040

    Apr 6, 2007
    Thats nice...thanks for sharing that useful comment :rolleyes:
  12. andiwm2003 macrumors 601


    Mar 29, 2004
    Boston, MA
    $1699 is steep. The 512 Retina SSD model could be then close to $2500. I don't see too much benefit in the retina screen on a notebook for me. So I hope there will be non retina versions available.
  13. soulniz macrumors member

    Apr 15, 2012
    $1699 is way too much if it only has a 128GB SSD.
  14. starfx6464 macrumors newbie

    Aug 24, 2005
    My only real question now is if that hard drive in the Mac mini is 7200 RPM standard or if that's still the slower 5000 RPM drive...
  15. swester macrumors regular

    Jul 26, 2010

    Why is anyone surprised that the configuration would be flash only given the example of the 15" rMBP?
  16. striker33 macrumors 65816


    Aug 6, 2010
    $500 premium and only 128GB of storage?!

    You are becoming a joke Apple. This is not a "Pro" product at all. Just a gimmick.
  17. MMOTotal macrumors regular

    Aug 9, 2012
    Don't forget that Mac Pro. Remember the massive backlash after Apple "updated" it after WWDC.
  18. Madhawk macrumors regular


    Mar 7, 2007
    Perfect for browsing MacRumors and Facebook.
  19. Pinneh macrumors newbie

    Feb 21, 2012
    Champaign, IL
    Are you sure those won't be updated too?
  20. SlickShoes macrumors 6502a

    Jan 24, 2011
    It shouldn't be in the PRO category with intel graphics either.
  21. pgiguere1, Oct 23, 2012
    Last edited: Oct 23, 2012

    pgiguere1 macrumors 68020


    May 28, 2009
    Montreal, Canada
    The rumored $1699 13" rMBP starting price doesn't really makes sense if it only comes with 128GB of storage.

    That would be paying $400 more than for the equivalent 128GB/8GB RAM 13" MBA just to get a Retina display and a non-ULV processor that costs the same (both $225 OEM price).

    The premium for a 13" rMBP over a 13" cMBP would also be higher ($500) than for a 15" rMBP over a 15" cMBP ($400) even though I'm pretty sure the Retina display in the 15" is more expensive/harder to make, plus it gets 256GB of storage which is considerably more expensive than 128GB. A 128GB SSD at this point isn't even that much more expensive than a hard drive.

    I don't think Apple would have a significantly higher margin on the 13" rMBP than on the 15" rMBP. I have a hard time believing that. The specs may be wrong, the price might be wrong, or we may get a discrete GPU after all.
  22. racer1441 macrumors 68000

    Jul 3, 2009
    You do know that there are more pros in this world than graphic and video nerds right?
  23. phinsup macrumors 6502


    Sep 19, 2008
    Las vegas
    Yea, something you don't need a "pro" computer for. Easily done on the air.
  24. Teeohbee macrumors newbie

    Jul 19, 2011
    Is there any chance the 13in Retina's will have discrete graphics?

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