Apple Refreshes MacBook Pro Laptops with Retina Displays, Lowers Entry Price

Apple Installs Latest Intel Haswell Microprocessors, Improved Graphics into Professional Notebooks

by Anton Shilov
10/22/2013 | 10:47 PM

Apple has updated its lineup of laptops oriented at professional users with fourth generation Intel Core i-series processors with new integrated graphics, longer battery life, faster solid-state storage and next generation 802.11ac Wi-Fi. Besides, Apple reduced pricing of entry-level MacBook Pro 13” to $1299. Apple has also announced that both iWork and iLife are now free with the purchase of every new Mac.

 

“We’ve made the world’s best pro notebook even better by adding more performance and even longer battery life. MacBook Pro with Retina display continues to redefine the pro notebook,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of worldwide marketing.

The new Apple MacBook Pro laptops with 13” (2560*1600 resolution) and 15” displays (2880*1800 resolution) now feature dual-core Intel Core i5 “Haswell” and quad-core Intel Core i7 “Haswell” microprocessors, respectively. All the new 13” MBPs with retina screen now feature Intel Iris graphics, whereas 15” MBPs with retina display can be configured with either Intel Iris Pro or Nvidia GeForce GT 750.

MacBook Pro with retina display now features PCIe-based flash storage with up to 60% faster read speeds than the previous generation (presumably Apple MBP utilizes Samsung XP941 with 1400MB/s read speed). Next generation 802.11ac Wi-Fi delivers wireless performance that is up to three times faster when connected to an 802.11ac base station. Dual Thunderbolt 2 ports deliver up to 20Gb/s of bandwidth to each external device, allowing users to connect to multiple displays and high performance devices, and an HDMI port offers quick connectivity to HDTVs and projectors. The updated MacBook Pro with Retina display ships with OS X Mavericks.

The 13” MacBook Pro with Retina display delivers up to nine hours of battery life, two hours more than the previous generation. The 15” MacBook Pro with Retina display delivers up to eight hours of battery life, one hour more than the previous generation. The new PCs are 0.71” thick.

MacBook Pro with Retina display is available today through the Apple online store, Apple’s retail stores and select Apple authorized resellers. The 13” MacBook Pro is available with a 2.4GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 processor with Turbo Boost speeds up to 2.9GHz, 4GB of memory, 128GB of flash storage, and Intel Iris graphics starting at $1299); and with a 2.4GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 processor with Turbo Boost speeds up to 2.9GHz, 8GB of memory, 256GB of flash storage, and Intel Iris graphics starting at $1499; and with a 2.6GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 processor with Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.1GHz, 8GB of memory, 512GB of flash storage, and Intel Iris graphics starting at $1799. Configure-to-order options include faster dual-core Intel Core i7 processors up to 2.8GHz with Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.3GHz, up to 16GB of memory and flash storage up to 1TB.

The 15” MacBook Pro is available with a 2.0GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 processor with Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.2GHz, 8GB of memory, 256GB of flash storage and Intel Iris Pro graphics starting at $1999; and with a 2.3GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 processor with Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.5GHz, 16GB of memory, 512GB of flash storage, and Intel Iris Pro and NVIDIA GeForce GT 750M graphics starting at $2599. Configure-to-order options include faster quad-core Intel Core i7 processors up to 2.6GHz with Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.8GHz, up to 16GB of memory and flash storage up to 1TB.