In line with previous rumours, Apple has today updated both the 13-inch and 15-inch Retina MacBook Pros with faster Haswell processors.
As rumoured, the new 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro models come with 16 GB of RAM, while the 13-inch version has the standard 8 GB of RAM.
Here are the tech specs of the new models:
• 13-inch 2.6GHz dual-core Intel Core i5, turbo boost up to 3.1 GHz, 8GB of memory, 128 GB flash storage – $1,399
• 13-inch 2.6GHz dual-core Intel Core i5, turbo boost up to 3.1 GHz, 8GB of memory, 256 GB flash storage – $1,599
• 13-inch 2.8GHz dual-core Intel Core i5, turbo boost up to 3.3 GHz, 8GB of memory, 512 GB flash storage – $1,899
• 15-inch 2.2GHz quad-core Intel Core i7, turbo boost up to 3.4 GHz, 16GB of memory, 256 GB flash storage – $2,099
• 15-inch 2.5GHz quad-core Intel Core i7, turbo boost up to 3.7 GHz, 16GB of memory, 512 GB flash storage – $2,699
It is worth noting here that Apple now charges $50 more for the new models. When the company refreshed its Retina MacBook Pro line last year, the 13-inch, entry-level model with 2.4 GHz processor was priced at $1,349, and today you’ll need to pay $1,399 for an extra 200 MHz of speed and 4 GB of RAM.
Now compare this with the $100 price cut in the US for the new high-end, 15-inch Retina MBP models and the 13-inch, non-Retina MacBook Pro.
Update: Apple has issued a press release.
“People love their MacBook Pro because of the thin and light, aluminum unibody design, beautiful Retina display, all day battery life and deep integration with OS X,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. “The MacBook Pro with Retina display gets even better with faster processors, more memory and a free upgrade to OS X Yosemite this fall.”