New super-slim iMac, 13-inch Retina MacBook and new Mac Mini revealed by Apple

MacBook RetinaThe iPad Mini and its refreshed big brother may be grabbing the majority of the headlines after Apple’s event yesterday, but they were also joined by three new Apple computers, which in some ways are more interesting that the new tablets.

Let’s start with the new 13-inch MacBook. Apple announced a 15-inch MacBook Pro with a stunning Retina display during WWDC 2012 in June, and it has now been joined by a 13-inch version. It shares the same 2560 x 1600 pixel resolution screen, and comes with a choice of third-generation Intel i5 or i7 chips, plus 8GB of RAM and an SSD up to 768GB in size.

The chassis is slimmer than the existing 13-inch MacBook Pro, but the Retina model doesn’t come with an optical drive. It does have an HDMI-out and an SD card reader though. Prices start at £1449 for the basic Core i5 model with 128GB of SSD storage.

Apple quickly announced a new Mac Mini too, calling it the most power-efficient desktop computer on the market. Available with a Core i5, Core i7 and with OS X Server installed, plus up to 1TB hard drive space and 4GB of memory, the Mac Mini starts at £499.

Finally, Apple talked about its new iMac desktop computer. The big-screen computer has been given a complete redesign, and boasts a screen — which also houses all the technical stuff — that measures 5mm thick at its edge. Available with either a 21.5-inch or a 27-inch screen, quad-core Core i5 or i7 chips and up to 3TB of storage, these are serious new machines. Prices start at £1099 for the basic 21.5-inch model, and £1699 for the 27-inch iMac.

All Apple’s new computers are available to order, or pre-order, today from its online store.

About Andrew Boxall

Andy's fascination with mobile tech began in the 90s, at a time when SMS messages were considered cutting edge, but it would be at least a decade before he would put finger-to-keyboard as a freelance tech writer. In the interim he wrote about travel, formulated strong opinions about films and drove a series of audacious cars