Apple Launches Retina MacBook Pros with Faster Haswell Processors, More RAM Standard

As indicated over the weekend and yesterday, Apple today launched refreshed 13-inch and 15-inch Retina MacBook Pros.The new notebooks feature faster versions of Intel's Haswell processors, as all 13-inch models now come with 8GB of RAM standard while all 15-inch models now feature 16GB of RAM. The high end 15-inch model also received a $100 price cut, going from $2599 to $2499.

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New models include:

13-inch:
- $1299: 2.6 GHz dual-core i5 processor, 8 GB RAM, 128 GB flash storage
- $1499: 2.6 GHz dual-core i5 processor, 8 GB RAM, 256 GB flash storage
- $1799: 2.8 GHz dual-core i5 processor, 8 GB RAM, 512 GB flash storage

15-inch:
- $1999: 2.2 GHz quad-core i7 processor, 16 GB RAM, 256 GB flash storage
- $2499: 2.5 GHz quad-core i7 processor, 16 GB RAM, 512 GB flash storage

Build-to-order options now include a 3.0 GHz dual-core i7 processor on the 13-inch model and a 2.8 GHz quad-core i7 processor on the 15-inch model. Users can also now add up to 1 TB of flash storage for both the 13-inch and 15-inch models.

Alongside the refreshed line of Retina MacBook Pros, Apple's 13-inch non-Retina MacBook Pro received a price cut, going from $1199 to $1099. However, the machine has not been updated with faster internals and remains the same model introduced in June 2012.

Today's minor refresh is primarily a stopgap measure until Apple can launch a more significant update to its Retina MacBook Pro line once Intel's next-generation Broadwell processors hit the market. Broadwell chips appropriate for the MacBook Pro may, however, not arrive until mid-2015. Apple is also rumored to be working on a 12-inch Retina MacBook for 2015 which is said to feature an ultrathin chassis, a fan-less cooling system and a revamped trackpad.

Apple's refreshed Retina MacBook Pros are available today through the company's various retail locations and online store, with all standard configurations showing a shipping avaliability of "within 24 hours." The new notebooks will also be a part of Apple's back-to-school program, which gives qualified educational purchasers an Apple Store gift card of $100 with the purchase of a new Mac.

Update: Apple has issued a press release announcing the update.

“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.”

Apple also highlights the price drop on the non-Retina model, noting the machine is popular with Windows switchers.

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dljeffery Avatar
128 months ago
Tiny hard drives still :rolleyes:
Ridiculous.
Need Fusion Drive as standard in all mbp's.

Fusion drive? That would be a huge step backwards.
Score: 68 Votes (Like | Disagree)
SMIDG3T Avatar
128 months ago
Why are the majority of people on here blaming Apple for the lack of updates? It's Intel's fault, it's really as simple as that.

Just be grateful that Apple are updating them and stop being grumpy.
Score: 52 Votes (Like | Disagree)
ValSalva Avatar
128 months ago
Sadly this is all we are likely to see as far as MacBook Pro (and Air) updates in 2014. And we can thank Intel for that.
Score: 51 Votes (Like | Disagree)
yjchua95 Avatar
128 months ago
Tiny hard drives still :rolleyes:
Ridiculous.
Need Fusion Drive as standard in all mbp's.

HDDs are too thick to fit -.-
Score: 34 Votes (Like | Disagree)
d0nK Avatar
128 months ago
Tiny hard drives still :rolleyes:
Ridiculous.
Need Fusion Drive as standard in all mbp's.
Score: 26 Votes (Like | Disagree)
xmichaelp Avatar
128 months ago
I see everyone is whining per usual. :rolleyes: Blame intel.
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