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Next-Generation 13-Inch MacBook Pro Benchmarked with Modest Performance Gains

As we noted last week, Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference came and went without seeing the introduction of updated MacBook Pro models, to the surprise and disappointment of many observers.

But just like with Apple's upcoming Mac Pro, benchmarks for an updated MacBook Pro have begun appearing in the Geekbench results database. The result was posted two days ago, and was noticed by pikeralpha (via forum member Sneakz) yesterday.

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As with the Mac Pro, this MacBook Pro appears under a code name of "AAPLJ44,1" and appears to correspond to a 13" MacBook Pro, and while it is not exactly clear whether it refers to a Retina or non-Retina model, the two machines would perform roughly equally when using the same processor. Apple has, however, been rumored to be phasing out the non-Retina models, and if true this result would seem to point to a new Haswell-based Retina MacBook Pro.

The machine shown in the benchmark results is running a dual-core Intel Core i5-4258U processor running at 2.4 GHz with 8 GB of RAM and a Boot ROM dated June 5. Like the Mac Pro, this MacBook Pro is running a special build of OS X Mavericks, termed Build 13A2050.

Primate Labs' John Poole has put together a graphic showing how the Geekbench performance of this new machine compares to that of other recent 13-inch MacBook Pro models, revealing a 5-8% boost in performance compared to the previous low-end models while running at a lower clock speed.

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As seen in the MacBook Air released last week, one of the major benefits to Intel's new Haswell platform is reduced energy consumption, with Apple choosing to offer only a modest boost in performance while bringing massive increases in battery life that see the new 13-inch MacBook Air reaching 12 hours or more of battery life.

It has been unclear exactly how Apple will prioritize battery life and performance in the MacBook Pro, but it appears that the company may be pursuing a similar strategy to that seen in the MacBook Air, boosting performance only slightly while pushing much of the energy savings into increased battery life.

The 13-inch MacBook Pro currently offers 7 hours of battery life, and while Apple may not be able to duplicate the 80% increase in battery life seen with the MacBook Air's switch to Haswell due to other power-hungry components such as the MacBook Pro's Retina display, the company may still be able to offer substantial battery life improvements in its new machines.

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15 months ago

Wow... soon they will begin making less-powerful computers just to accommodate design.


What a bunch of nonsense.....

A majority of users who buy these computers have no need for benchmarks to go higher and higher.

Ya know what EVERYONE would love? More battery life. Apple is doing a great thing by pushing the envelope here. 12 hours in a laptop is unheard of (the new MBAs). If they can get a rMBP with this kind of power to 8-9 hours?

Slower clock speeds, more power AND more battery life. Again, Apple is doing it right.

Wow is right, though not the way you used it.
Rating: 40 Votes
15 months ago
I am really looking forward to the new 13" retina.
Rating: 15 Votes
15 months ago
This is good news.

Using the 28W CPUs means:

- Similar CPU performance at much lower power use
- Large increase in GPU performance

These CPUs have the HD 5100 Iris integrated graphics. Here's a comparison chart:

Thumb resize.

Leftmost bars are the old HD 4000 graphics.

Middle bars are the new HD 5000 graphics like those in the 2013 Air.

Rightmost bars are the HD 5100 graphics that will probably be in the new 13" retina.
Rating: 14 Votes
15 months ago
Nope. People buying Macbook Pro wants power over battery. People buying Macbook Air wants battery over power.



What a bunch of nonsense.....

A majority of users who buy these computers have no need for benchmarks to go higher and higher.

Ya know what EVERYONE would love? More battery life. Apple is doing a great thing by pushing the envelope here. 12 hours in a laptop is unheard of (the new MBAs). If they can get a rMBP with this kind of power to 8-9 hours?

Slower clock speeds, more power AND more battery life. Again, Apple is doing it right.

Wow is right, though not the way you used it.

Rating: 12 Votes
15 months ago
Wow... soon they will begin making less-powerful computers just to accommodate design.
Rating: 11 Votes
15 months ago
The release date is the leak I'm interested in.:)
Rating: 7 Votes
15 months ago

It has been unclear exactly how Apple will prioritize battery life and performance in the MacBook Pro

Really?

And no mention of the fact that Apple is switching from a M-series CPU to a U-series one?

Going from 35W TDP to 28W is a considerable change. The new MBA only dropped 2W and look at the kind of battery life increase we've had.
Rating: 7 Votes
15 months ago
I think Intel's doing a great job! Good work!
Rating: 6 Votes
15 months ago
until a few weeks ago I hoped Apple would man up and equip the 13'' MBP with a quadcore (iris pro would have been nice). As it seems, this is not happening but the Haswell U series seems the next best thing: bit of CPU improvement, huge graphics improvement and probably a longer batterylife. I only hope the price stays the same, as the new processor seems to be more expansive. But they managed to do that on the new Airs too :)
Rating: 5 Votes
15 months ago

This is good news.

Using the 28W CPUs means:

- Similar CPU performance at much lower power use
- Large increase in GPU performance

These CPUs have the HD 5100 Iris integrated graphics. Here's a comparison chart:

Thumb resize.

Leftmost bars are the old HD 4000 graphics.

Middle bars are the new HD 5000 graphics like those in the 2013 Air.

Rightmost bars are the HD 5100 graphics that will probably be in the new 13" retina.


Thanks!

I'm excited about the Iris graphics and the 28W processors. I'm still hoping for an upgrade to a stepped-down quad-core, but that wouldn't be the end of the world if they don't offer it. I'm a little concerned that the maximum RAM for that chip is 16GB... will Apple offer a 16GB upgrade option? I for one am not just buying this to have a retina Air—I'd really like to have a little bit of a performance boost over the Airs without going to a 15" form factor. Though I'm glad to shave a bit of performance in exchange for a boost in battery life, since I'm not going to be doing processor-intensive work that often.
Rating: 5 Votes

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