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Sadly high end model with discrete GPU gets no 14 nanometer love

One of the footnotes on yesterday's "Spring Forward" event hosted by Apple, Inc. (AAPL) was the announcement of upgrades to the MacBook Air and Pro lines.  (I totally called that, by the way.)

The MacBook Air [before][after] gets:
  • 14 nm Intel Corp. (INTC) Core i5-5250U SoC
    • 2x Broadwell CPU cores
    • @ 1.6 GHz (turbo at 2.7 GHz)
    • Intel HD Graphics 6000
      • 2x GPU slices with 48 execute units (EUs)
      • @ 300 MHz (950 MHz turbo)
  • Thunderbolt 2 ports (double the bandwidth of first gen. Thunderbolt ports)
  • Optional upgrade to 512 GB SSDs
The RAM, trackpad, and flash hard drive size stays the same.

The 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro [before][after] gets a slightly bigger upgrade.

MacBook Pro

It gets the new "Force Touch" click-free pressure sensitive trackpad and a variety of hardware bumps.  Here's a full summary of its upgrades:
  • 14 nm Intel Core i5-5257U SoC... or ... (more expensive SKU) Intel Core i5-5287U SoC
    • 2x Broadwell CPU cores
    • @ 2.7 GHz (turbo at 3.1 GHz) ... or ... (more expensive) @ 2.9 GHz (turbo at 3.3 GHz)
    • Intel Iris Graphics 6100:
      • 2x GPU slices with 48 execute units (EUs)
      • @ 300 MHz (1100 MHz turbo)
  • Replaces 1600 MHz DDR3L modules with 1866 MHz LPDDR3 memory
  • Thunderbolt 2 port
  • I/O -- Force Touch Trackpad
  • 74.9 Wh battery (rated @ 10 hr. battery life) (4.3 percent bigger)
Prices remain the same despite the new Broadwell updates.  

MacBook Pro and Air upgrades

Sadly, the entry level MacBook Pro ($1,099 USD) and the high end model ($2,499) were not updated.  The latter -- Apple's only remaining notebook computer with a discrete GPU from NVIDIA Corp. (NVDA) -- is sorely in need of an upgrade.  The high end model is -- for now -- still stuck with last generation Haswell chips and the two-year-old NVIDIA GeForce GT 750M, a Kepler (GK107) part which launched in April 2013.

Sources: Apple [MacBook Air -- before], [after], [MacBook Pro -- before], [after]





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