Apple Announces New, Cheaper MacBook Pros; OS X Mavericks is Free to Download
October 22, 2013 1:36 PM
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Apple refreshes its MacBook Pro range
Apple announced that it is revamping its MacBook Pro lineup. The new 13” MacBook Pro is now thinner, and lighter, and of course is powered by fourth generation Intel Core (Haswell) processors. It also gets up to 9 hours battery life. Like the MacBook Air ultraportables that were updated earlier this year, the new 13” MacBook Pro gets 802.11ac, PCIe SSDs and Thunderbolt 2.
Apple is also dropping the price of entry for the 13” MacBook Pro from $1,499 to $1,299. That base configuration will get you a 2.4GHz quad-core processor, 4GB of RAM, Intel Iris integrated graphics, and a 128GB SSD.
The 15” MacBook Pro also features fourth generation Intel Core processors along with the hardware updates seen on its smaller brother. The 15” MacBook Pro is also available with an NVIDIA GeForce GT 750M discrete graphics card.
The base price has also dropped from $2,199 to $1,999. The base configuration comes with a 2GHz Core i7 processor, 8GB of RAM, Iris Pro graphics, and a 256GB SSD.
Apple’s Phil Schiller also announced that the all-new Mac Pro will ship this December with a price tag of $2,999. That configuration will get you a 3.7GHz quad-core Xeon processor, 12GB of RAM, dual FirePro D300 GPUs and a 256GB SSD.
On a related note, Apple has announced that OS X 10.9, Mavericks, will be a free download for all Mac hardware that supports the operating system.
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TDP of Chip...
10/22/2013 2:24:18 PM
I wonder what the TDP is in the 13" rMBP CPU. If it's comparable to the Zenbook Infinity, then Asus really pulled off a win because they were at least able to stuff a processor with Iris Pro 5100 graphics into a 13" chassis. It seems like the 13" rMBP stuck with Iris 5000. Kind of a bummer.
RE: TDP of Chip...
10/22/2013 2:42:53 PM
There's no such thing as Iris 5000 graphics. There's HD 5000, Iris 5100, and Iris Pro 5200 (/w Crystalwell.)
The CPUs in the 13" rMBP are the 28W Haswell ULT with Iris 5100 (no Crystalwell).
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