Apple on Tuesday announced major updates to the Retina MacBook Pro, adding new processors and Thunderbolt 2. Apple offers five standard configurations of the new laptop.
13in Retina MacBook Pro
The new $1599 13in Retina MacBook has a 2.4GHz dual-core Core i5 processor (Turbo Boost up to 2.9GHz), 4GB 1600MHz memory, Intel’s integrated Iris Graphics and 128GB of flash storage. According to Apple, the new 13in Retina MacBook Pro is 1.57kg, which is 3.12g lighter than the previous 13in model. The new 13in model is also 0.71in thin, which is 0.04in thinner than its predecessor. Apple claims eight hours of battery life.
That $1599 price tag is a $300 drop from what Apple used to charge for its entry-level MacBook Pro.
Apple offers two other 13in standard configurations. The $1849 model has the same processor as the $1599 model, but it has 8GB of RAM and 256GB of flash storage. The $2199 model has a 2.6GHz dual-core Core i5 processor (Turbo Boost up to 3.1GHz), 8GB of RAM, and 512GB of flash storage.
15in Retina MacBook Pro
The $2499 15in Retina MacBook Pro has a 2.0GHz quad-core Core i7 processor, 8GB of RAM, Iris Pro integrated graphics and a 256GB SSD. Apple says the 15in model has nine hours of battery life.
The $3199 15in Retina MacBook Pro has a 2.3GHz quad-core Core i7 processor (Turbo Boost up to 3.5GHz), 16GB of RAM, 512GB of flash storage, integrated Intel Iris Pro Graphics and a discreet 2GB nVidia GeForce GT 750M graphics processor.
All new Retina MacBook Pro models feature Thunderbolt 2 connectivity and 802.11ac wireless networking; they’ll run on Apple’s newly released OS X Mavericks operating system.
The new Retina MacBook Pro offerings are now available from Apple.
by Roman Loyola, Macworld