updated 08:30 am EDT, Tue July 29, 2014
Apple's portable line external design unchanged, internals boosted
As predicted, Apple has updated its MacBook Pro with Retina display product line. Both sizes of the model have an unchanged external design, but now boast faster processors, with some models seeing a doubling of RAM as standard. Surviving the upgrade is the 13-inch MacBook Pro, which also remains unchanged apart from a price cut.
The 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro now sports a 2.6Ghz i5 processor, and is still dual-core. RAM has been boosted to 8GB versus 4GB, and storage is a 128GB PCI-e SSD. The new 13-inch model retails for $1,299. A model for $1,499 has 256GB of storage, and the $1,799 configuration has a 2.8GHz i5 processor and 512GB of PCI-e flash storage. All three configurations have Intel Iris graphics.
The 15-inch models now come in 2.2Ghz and 2.5Ghz i7 quad-core models. Both configurations now come standard with 16GB of RAM. The 2.2Ghz model has 256GB of flash storage, with the higher-end model boasting 512GB. Iris Pro graphics are on the lower-end 15-inch model, with a discrete GeForce GT 750M alongside Iris Pro with 2GB of GDDR5 memory on the higher-end model. The 2.2Ghz model retails for $1,999, with the higher-end 2.5Ghz model selling for $2,499.
A 2.8GHz i7 processor can be selected for the 15-inch models, adding $200 to the price of the high-end model, and $300 to the lower-end model. Boosting storage to 1TB adds $500 to the high-end configuration, and $800 to the low-end model. Fully equipped, a 15-inch 2.8Ghz, 1TB 15-inch MacBook Pro sells for $3,199.
Surviving the shift is the 13-inch 2.5 GHz non-Retina MacBook Pro with optical drive. The specs have not been changed, but pricing has been reduced on that model to $1,099.