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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RE: Is Apple even trying?
10/22/2013 11:30:39 PM
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?
10/23/2013 5:51:11 AM
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.
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