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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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Is Apple even trying?
By amanojaku on 10/22/2013 4:47:17 PM , Rating: 2
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.
It has to be free; it doesn't even qualify as Apple's traditional dot release:
Improved multiple display support: The menu bar and the Dock can be accessed on each display; Apple TV can be used as an external display.
Mission Control has been updated to organize and switch between Desktop workspaces independently between multiple displays.
Finder enhancements, including tabs, fullscreen support, and document tags.
Added new iBooks application.
Added new Maps application.
Calendar enhancements.
Safari browser enhancements.
iCloud Keychain sync.
Notification Center enhancements.
Some skeuomorphisms, such as the leather texture in Calendar and the book-like appearance of Contacts, have been removed from the UI.
Timer coalescing, which enhances energy efficiency by reducing CPU usage by up to 72 percent.
App Nap, which sleeps apps that are not currently visible.
Compressed Memory, which automatically compresses data from inactive apps when approaching maximum memory capacity.
Server Message Block version 2 (SMB2) is now the default protocol for sharing files.
LinkedIn sharing integration.
OpenGL 4.1
OpenCL 1.2

Engadget says it best:
When Apple first unveiled Mavericks, the latest version of its desktop operating system, we noted one key takeaway: The company is committed to OS X. Meaning, those of you waiting for an altogether new experience will have to keep holding your breath.

That means, thankfully, that the company hasn't yet transformed OS X into a desktop counterpart to iOS, but it also means that after 15 years, this once-revolutionary operating system is starting to feel a bit stale.

Taken on its own, Mavericks is a bit underwhelming -- something we've said about the last few iterations of OS X as well.

As in years past, we're left wanting a little more -- a truly revolutionary upgrade that will feel as state-of-the art as OS X did, way back in 2001.

RE: Is Apple even trying?
By Tony Swash on 10/22/13, Rating: 0
RE: Is Apple even trying?
By simsony on 10/23/2013 4:11:45 AM , Rating: 2
That a interesting opinion, but it would be great if Tim Bajarin could explain how it gives Apple a greater edge?

4Apple apps have been skinned to look like their iOS counterparts. So?

RE: Is Apple even trying?
By EnzoFX on 10/22/2013 9:50:27 PM , Rating: 1
Given the failure that is Win8, OS X looks much better overall. To just want something new for it's sake, is hardly a reason to put it down. Who want's Apple to pull a MS and change for the sake of it, that's how you get crap like Win8.

RE: Is Apple even trying?
By amanojaku on 10/22/2013 11:30:39 PM , Rating: 1
It's funny, but all I ever hear are complaints about the Start Screen and the Metro(sexual) UI. Considering all the other improvements to the OS, if the worst that can be said about it is that it's ugly and a little harder to navigate, then Win8 must be a damn fine OS. No one complains about performance, stability, compatibility, or security.

RE: Is Apple even trying?
By overzealot on 10/23/2013 5:51:11 AM , Rating: 2
Out of 4 installs I've done, 1 is unstable, one broke irreparably (Administrators couldn't complete administrative tasks). The other two are fine.

One friend of mine installed it on 2 PCs. One is on its 3rd install, the other on its 2nd. In both cases, BSOD reboot loops.

In all of these cases, the same systems are 24/7 stable on Windows 7 and Linux.

There's also a few reports on instability in the Anandtech forum, I'm sure you could dig up plenty more without much effort.

"We don't know how to make a $500 computer that's not a piece of junk." -- Apple CEO Steve Jobs

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