Apple updates 13-inch MacBook Pro Retina with Broadwell
Apart from introducing its long-anticipated Watch wearable and a new fanless MacBook during its "Spring Forward" event yesterday, Apple has also updated the 13-inch MacBook Pro Retina. The most important upgrade is of course the Intel Broadwell ULV (28 W) processors, but the new Force Touch trackpad is now installed too. It reacts differently based on applied pressure, allowing the user to, for example, "deep-click" on a word and thus summon a Wikipedia article about it. Apple also promises improved battery life (10 hours instead of 9), though it's not yet known whether the battery capacity was increased or more efficient 14 nm processors alone are responsible for this improvement.
As usual, Apple does not reveal the exact CPU models, but they are very easy to deduce. All three configurations are stated to use Intel Iris Pro 6100 graphics and either a Core i5 or a Core i7 processor. Only three currently existing SKUs match these criteria:
- Intel Core i5-5257U (default on $1300 and $1500 models)
- Intel Core i5-5287U (default on the $1800 model and available as a $100 upgrade for the other two)
- Intel Core i7-5557U ($100 upgrade for the $1800 model, $200 for the other two)
8 GB of 1866 MHz LPDDR3 RAM is standard for all configurations but can be doubled for an extra $200. PCIe-based flash storage is now allegedly twice as fast compared to the predecessor and is available in 128 GB ($1300 model), 256 GB ($1500 model), 512 GB ($1800 model) or 1 TB (a $500 upgrade for the $1800 model) capacities. All configurations are already available for purchase through Apple's web store.
The 15-inch MacBook Pro Retina, however, did not get updated. This is because it uses non-ULV quad-core processors, which are still missing in the Broadwell range. It's likely that Apple will announce an upgrade as soon as Intel starts offering 5th generation 47 W CPUs to its partners.
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