[NEWS] Apple updates MacBook Pro models

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Jul 29, 2014, 4:33:50 PM7/29/14

From MacRumors.com (US prices) ...

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.

New models include:

- $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

- $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.

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

Also some benchmarks already at
15-Inch Mid 2014 Retina MacBook Pro Benchmark Shows Decent Entry-Level
Speed Gains
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