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Apple 13in MacBook Pro with Retina Display down to £1,049

UK retailer Askdirect is selling the Apple 13in MacBook Pro laptop with Retina display, the brand new model that was announced late last year for £1,049. That’s a 28 per cent discount off its suggested retail price of £1,449 (a price that includes free delivery).

The laptop, which carries the model number MD213, is powered by an Ivy Bridge Intel Core i5 dual-core processor clocked at 2.5GHz, with a Turbo Boost of 3.1GHz.

Other features include 8GB of RAM, 256GB flash storage, Intel HD Graphics 4000 GPU, Facetime HD camera, OS X Mountain Lion, up to seven hours battery life and a 13in 2,560 x 1,600 display.

Note that this display yields the highest pixel density on any laptops on the market and that there’s no Ethernet port or optical drive, which might be an issue for some users.

Apple’s decision to drop the price of this model while beefing its specification up has attracted the ire of many early adopters who found themselves penalised for buying the initial version. You can check out our review of the Apple MacBook Pro 13in 2012 model here.