Apple Releases Updated Line of Retina Macbook Pros
Apple has released a refreshed line of Retina MacBook Pros today. The new line of laptops features faster processors, double the standard memory in both entry-level configurations, and a price cut for the top-of-the-line 15-inch model. Additionally, Apple also gave the non-Retina 13-inch MacBook Pro a $100 price cut bringing its starting price down to $1,099.
“People love their MacBook Pro because of the thin and light, aluminum unibody design, beautiful Retina display, all day battery life and deep integration with OS X,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. “The MacBook Pro with Retina display gets even better with faster processors, more memory, more affordable configurations and a free upgrade to OS X Yosemite this fall.”
The new MacBook Pros feature faster versions of Intel’s Haswell processors with the 13-inch standard models featuring 2.6GHz up to 2.8GHz dual-core i5 processors while the 15-inch standard models may feature a 2.2GHz up to 2.5GHz quad-core i7 processor. Customers may also configure their 13-inch MacBook Pro to have up to a 3.0Ghz dual-core i7 processor while the 15-inch model may be configured to have up to a 2.8GHz quad-core i7 processor. Apple has also increased the standard included memory for all 13-inch MacBook Pro models to 8GB from the previous 4GB and 16GB from 8GB for the 15-inch MacBook Pro models. All models can also be configured to have up to 16GB of RAM and 1TB of storage.
The refreshed Retina MacBook Pros are available starting today through Apple’s online store as well as their various retail locations. The 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display starts at $1,299, the 15-inch starts at $1,999, and the 13-inch non-Retina MacBook Pro starts at $1,099.
These new models come soon after reports of the delay of Intel’s next-generation Broadwell processors to as far as mid-2015 so these new MacBook Pros look to be a temporary measure until Apple can release Broadwell-based notebooks. Apple is also reported to be working on a smaller 12-inch Retina MacBook but it is unknown whether the it’ll be branded as a Pro, Air, or something else entirely.