Apple refreshes MacBook Pro with Retina display lineup, drops prices

Apple refreshes MacBook Pro with Retina display lineup, drops prices

Summary: Today sees Apple refresh its premium MacBook Pro with Retina display lineup, bumping the CPU speeds and RAM, as well as dropping the prices of the high-end models, ahead of the release of OS X 10.10 Yosemite.

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Today sees Apple refresh its premium MacBook Pro with Retina display lineup, bumping the CPU speeds and RAM, as well as dropping the prices of the high-end models, ahead of the release of OS X 10.10 Yosemite, and also in advance of the back-to-school buying frenzy.

Prior to this upgrade the base version of the 13.3-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display featured a 2560-by-1600 resolution at 227 pixels per inch retina display, 2.4GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 CPU, 4GB of 1600MHz DDR3L RAM, and 128GB of PCIe-based flash storage, and it had a price tag of $1,299. For the same price this model now comes with a 2.6 GHz Intel Core i5 chip and 8GB of memory.

The base version of the beefier 15.4-inch with Retina display model came with a 2880-by-1800 resolution at 220 pixels per inch display, 2.0GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 CPU, 8GB of 1600MHz DDR3L RAM, and 256GB of PCIe-based flash storage, all of which would have set you back $1,999. Following the refresh this now comes with a 2.2GHz CPU and 16GB of RAM.

16GB of RAM is now the only option for this high-end MacBook Pro.

Apple has also rejigged pricing, with the higher-priced 15.5-inch model featuring a discrete Nvidia GPU now down from $2,599 to $2,499.

The 13.3-inch non-Retina MacBook Pro with 2.5GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 still starts at $1,099.

This update to the MacBook Pro line comes ahead of the release of OS X 10.10 Yosemite, which is scheduled for release this fall, and brings a number of new features to users, including much closer integration between Mac and iOS devices. 

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  • Apple refreshes MacBook Pro with Retina display lineup, drops prices....

    Following the recent trend Apple continue to reduce prices of their premium line up. This is of course most welcome.

    But that Retina MacBook Air still eludes us.
    5735guy
    • Lenovo X1 Carbon

      "But that Retina MacBook Air still eludes us."

      You should try the Lenovo X1 Carbon. Similar weight and dimensions as the MBA, but with a 14" 2560x1440 screen. Other benefits are better construction, better keyboard and optional onsite warranty. Still, the MBA have some advantages as battery life and PCIe SSD.
      dvm
      • And of course

        MBA also has OSX, which gives it a MAJOR advantage!
        Tiggster79
        • OS X vs Windows

          Maybe is an advantage for you. Based in my experience, Windows 8.1 and OS X are great systems. And both have good and bad things.
          dvm
          • just not the same

            as a programmer who uses mostly open source tools & languages, Windows 8 & 8.1 do nothing but hinder me. Maybe if I programmed with the MS stack it would be ok. At least with OSX, even if I'm not using xcode, it doesn't get in my way.
            marlon@...
          • Get in your way? What does this mean?

            Apple fanbois keep using this ambiguous statement. Can you define it?
            ye
          • Re: Apple fanbois….

            And yet again you reduce this to petty trolling. GET A LIFE.
            5735guy
          • Just being accurate.

            nt
            ye
          • He doesn't have to.

            He said it gets in HIS way. He didn't say it gets in EVERYONE's way. He expressed something that applies to him, not to you, and therefore he has no need whatsoever to justify his opinion to you or anyone else.
            baggins_z
          • Where did I say he did?

            "He didn't say it gets in EVERYONE's way."
            ye
          • So, you are basically admitting that your demand is just about

            as relevant as having someone explain why Neapolitan is the better ice cream.
            baggins_z
          • by getting in the way...

            it's got very poor support for command line terminals....weird copy/paste from the command prompt, corruption of the display when browsing command history, bastardization of the behaviour of /etc/hosts, hanging onto the "\" in file paths when everyone else has settled on "/"....drive letters :( , inability or difficulty in configuring services without the gui, e.g. IIS 7, poor support for connecting to machines other than other windows machines, etc, portability of apps - particularly dealing with settings stored in the registry vs kept within the apps folders, windows rot (who wants to rebuild their machine after they've got everything set up perfectly)

            I used windows from 1991 up until 2006. I switched to linux after that and then to OSX around 2008. In my particular situation, I would never be as productive with Windows as I am with OSX or even linux. I still deploy exclusively to linux based machines, but switched to OSX for my laptop because like the ads say, "it just works". I've also had to keep windows vm's around to test with and with my dealings of Windows 8.1, I still maintain my position.
            marlon@...
          • IOW it's different.

            Got it.
            ye
          • yes it is different

            And if you're a UNIX developer, shell commands can be an important part of one's testing process.

            There is little to no difference in shell commands between a Mac, Linux, and BSD terminal. That may not be anything to you, but learn to understand that it may be so for people who are not you.
            Mac_PC_FenceSitter
          • You lost all credibility on the "it's different"

            argument when you tried to pretend that deforming letter shapes, 256 character limits on file name, absurd restrictions on allowed characters in a file name, and inability to boot off of external drives was just "different."
            baggins_z
          • well yeah...

            of course it's different. That's why it's better for what I do.
            marlon@...
          • @marlon@...

            Based in you comment, looks like since looks like your environment is Unix/Linux based (maybe I'm wrong), so Windows is not for you. For a lot o people Windows "just works", same as OS X for you. IMO, that depends in your preferences and/or environment.
            dvm
          • just works

            The 'just works' comment was about linux vs OSX on a laptop. But, I will say that my wife's Win7 Lenovo laptop requires much more debugging/rebooting than any of my macs do. Mainly she does work with MS office, checks email, browses ebay. Nothing ground breaking. Regardless, the wireless connection will go down, the printer will stop being recognized, it won't wake from sleep, etc. But I realize that this is just anecdotal, but it's been my personal experience.

            I don't doubt that there are people that love working on windows with plenty of reasons to be happy about it, but I just don't see how a Lenovo could be a replacement for a MB Air they are worlds apart....and I've owned 4 Lenovo's in the past.
            marlon@...
          • did you read the comment you are responding to?

            The guy says he writes open source applications. Most of this stuff works better than on Windows, which requires the non native and relatively flaky Cygwin.
            Mac_PC_FenceSitter
          • While I have not

            Tried the latest update of Windows 8.x it did get in my way A LOT when I tried using it.

            The Metro start screen just sucks beyond anything I have ever used. Metro in general is ugly. Flat, ugly color scheme. Having to do some tasks in full screen metro was just a pita (like system settings etc).

            I have read it has gotten better with 8.1 and its list of updates but seriously Windows 7 to this date is so much easier (for me) to use.

            That said I still prefer OS X over Windows. For me I only have to use Windows in a VDI at work to administer Active Directory and Exchange 2010. All other administration tasks I do natively from my Macbook. If AD and Exchange ever move to full web based tools I will ditch my Windows VDI.
            ctopher5669